A loan helped a member to buy snacks, juice, candies, etc.

Dios Bendice 3, 4 & 5 Group's story

Margarita is one of the members of the “Dios Bendice” (God Bless) 3, 4 & 5 group which has 15 micro-businesswomen. They are involved in clothing sales, natural products sales, shoe sales, food sales, etc. Margarita lives in the city of La Romana. Its economy depends on tourism and the sugarcane industry. It also has a sizable population of Dominicans and Haitian immigrants who live in communities with very limited resources.

Margarita is very excited to receive her third loan from Esperanza Internacional, having satisfactorily repaid her previous loan and taken an important step in her business’ growth. She has had her business for about four years; she started it with some savings her husband had. He gave them to her to start up her business. She is running a candy shop stall, and she is planning on investing the new loan in buying snacks, juices, candies, gums, and many other products. She sells them by walking around and waiting for various schools to get out.

Margarita’s family is made up of herself, her long-term partner and their five children. She tells us that her greatest challenge is to have her own house. She really enjoys working and attending church. She will use her profits to invest in her business and to start building her house, little by little and with some help from her long-term partner.

In this group: Margarita, Maria, Memena, Velta, Carmen, Noemi, Loriese, Sylta, Therese, Oudale, Nada, Marie, Fifa, Lauise, Chantal

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