A loan of $1,400 helped a member to buy rice, eggs, flour, beans, etc.

Amor Y Paz 4 Group's story

Alejandrina is the coordinator of her group Amor y Paz 4 (love and peace). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and three children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to travel to other cities.

Alejandrina is excited to be taking her second loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and increased her business.

She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying goods for daily meals. She operates a Colmado (a small food store). She will use the profits to reinvest in her business and to save because she wants to build a house. She is dreaming of having her own safe structure and living tranquilly with her family. In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying her business.

Alejandrina's story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. Her group is located in Santiago, an area famous for tobacco and beef production, the second biggest city in the Dominican Republic. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and unreliable electricity.

In this group: Alejandrina, Marcelina, Yokasty, Jose, Santa

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