A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy hair and beauty products.

Mi Fortaleza En Cristo 5 Group's story

Mayra is the coordinator of her group 'Mi Fortaleza en Cristo 5' (My Strength in Christ), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti). Her group is located in Santiago, a large city known for its tobacco and beef production, where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and their three children.

Mayra is excited to be taking out her first loan with Esperanza, after she was invited by other women in her community to be part of their group and receive a loan for her beauty salon. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying hair and beauty products. She will use the profits to invest in saving towards her goal of expanding her local business into a bigger one, and to buy more equipment. She dreams of having her own house and of giving her family a better life. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Mayra, Gregoria, Judibel, Leydis, Severina

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