A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy sugar, rice, oil, beans, canned goods, etc.

Mujeres Divina 2 & 3 Group's story

Tina is the coordinator of the 'Mujeres Divina 2 & 3' group. Her family consists of her four children and her partner. Her group is located in a very poor area in the north-east of the city of Santo Domingo. Some of the members of this group work selling different goods such as clothes, cosmetics and footwear. Others run beauty salons, grocery stores etc.

Tina is very excited to be receiving her third loan from Esperanza Internacional, having maD. her previous loan repayments on time and having invested her loans and profits in her business. Tina started her business with a small amount of capital and then took out her first loan and used it to start selling candies. She used her last loan to expand her business and turn it into a small grocery store where her neighbors come to buy the basic products they need for their daily meals. Tina will invest this loan in buying a sack of rice, beans, oil, canned goods, sugar, etc.

Tina enjoys being in business and tells us that her biggest challenge was her financial situation before she set up her business. She currently feels pretty stable and plans to continue expanding her business. Her dream for the future is to help her children get ahead in life. She would like to educate them and proviD. them with what they need to grow.

In this group: Tina, Jessica, Lupe, Sarita, Dieudonne, Rosa, Sesa, Verani, Zephyr, Manilia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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