A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy clothing, shoes, and food.

El Progreso Group's story

Maria is a borrower who lives near San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, in a rural community. She is the coordinator for her group, named El Progreso (The Progress), a group of Haitian citizens who have made their lives in the Bateyes of Dominican Republic.

Maria, her husband, and their three children live together north of San Pedro in a Bateyes, which is a small rural community built by sugar companies for their field workers. Despite her difficulties, Maria makes the most of her opportunities and she operates a little food market where she sells products such as clothes, shoes, and other goods. Her most difficult business challenge is that her customers do not have enough revenue to purchase the items that she sells. However, she visits other communities during the week, traveling to sell her products.

Maria is requesting a loan to purchase different products to increase her inventory such as clothing for men, women, and children, and to purchase rice, beans, cooking oil, vegetables, meat, and other items. Maria has had five previous loans and she has been able to bring changes to her family’s life.

In this group: Maria, Lomena, Clemiles, Rhut, Yenilcia, Anita, Maria, Maria, Osimena, Maria, Santa, Therese, Aluxa, Ona, Jazmin

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