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A loan of $3,175 helped a member to buy clothes to sell.


Nueva Union 3 & 4 Group's story

Bernarda is one of the members of a group called Nueva Union 3 & 4 (New Union), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in Samana, a lush but rugged peninsula with a nascent tourism industry, where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She enjoys attending church and sharing with her group friends. She is very committed to improving her business and helping others joined in solidarity.

Bernarda is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza and is excited for the opportunity to grow her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business selling clothes by walking to and taking the clothing into different communities. She sells different models and styles. She will use the profits to invest in her home by purchasing food and repairing her house, she need to make some changes to it. She would also like to save to reinvest if someone orders a bigger quantity. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Bernarda, Dominga, Lucrecia, Betania, Andres, Edili, Maxima*, Eusebia, Paula, Maria
*not pictured


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