A loan of $1,575 helped a member to buy beans to boil and sell.

El Firmamento 1, 2 Group's story

Merki is the coordinator of her group, El Firmamento 1 & 2 (The Firmament). This is a group composed of 10 business women. All of them are working to improve their lives and their families' also. They live in one of the poorest areas around Santo Domingo city.

Merki makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their two children. She is a young mother of 26. She is excited to be seeking her third loan with Esperanza. She successfully paid off her previous loan after using it to make a successful investment in her beans sales. She boils them to sell to her neighbors. (This is a way many women in the Dominican Republic buy beans for daily meals, specially for lunch. They finish cooking the beans.) She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying three bags of beans.

She is saving her profits because she is planning to expand her business with more products. She dreams of having a grocery store. Her most difficult challenge has been studying and take care of her babies. She likes to work and her future plan is to have her own house. She thanks all of you for your support.

In this group: Merki, Nancy, Juana, Dolores, Isabel, Angelina, Alendrina, Bernarda, Santa, Magdalena

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