A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy rice and cooking oil.

El Futuro 6 & 7 Group's story

Mari is one of the members in the group called El Futuro 6 & 7 (The Future). She has two children and they live together with her long term partner in a simple structure home. Her group is located in a rural zone in the outskirts of the touristy city of La Romana. Her community is a sugar cane growing area where the main activity is growing and cutting sugar cane. These 10 women carry out a variety of activities like the sale of clothes, cosmetics and shoes; beauty salon, grocery store among others.

Mari is very excited about receiving her third loan from Esperanza Internacional having paid her previous loans and invested her loans and profits in her business. Mari started her business 15 years ago, with a help she received from her mother, now she has a little grocery store called in Dominican Republic “colmado” which is a small grocery store where her neighbors come by to purchase basic need items for their families daily meals. She will use the loan to buy rice, beans, cooking oil, and other goods.

Her most difficult challenge is to have her own house, this is also her most important dream, when she has her own house, she will be very happy and proud of her work.

In this group: Mari, Altagracia, Maria, Africot, Edita, Yema, Vida, Molina, Marie, Esperanza

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