A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy different types of shoes.


La Beneficencia 4 & 5 Group's story

Elizabeth has three children. She has raised them together with her life partner, the father of their children. They all still live in her humble house. They live in a rural community in the outskirts of San Pedro de Macorís. Its inhabitants are comprised of Haitians who emigrated looking for improved financial stability. The reason that Elizabeth works is to help get her family ahead, to educate her children, and to be able to give them a better future. Elizabeth has been selling shoes for several years. This is her eighth loan with Esperanza Internacional. She has been a member of her group for four years. Elizabeth is planning to buy men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes, sandals, and tennis shoes. Together with the other members of the group called Beneficencia 4 & 5, they have generated new business activities for their community by selling cosmetics, food products, and clothes, and by having beauty salons, among other businesses. One of her dreams is to have her own house and sufficient savings. She plans to reinvest the profits from her business in order to be able to make her business grow by increasing her sales and her customers.

In this group: Elizabeth, Elcie, Ana, Yvonne, Silvenie*, Ludy, Esperanza*, Luisa, Ilei, Altagracia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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