A loan of $4,275 helped a member to buy underclothes.


Esperanza En Ti Group's story

Saturnina is the coordinator of her group "Esperanza en ti" (Hope in You). She makes her home in a simple structure with her long-term partner and only one child. She says that her most difficult challenges have been to finish building her house, to buy a computer for her children, and to finish studying. In the meantime, she plans to continue enjoying reading and visiting friends. She started very young, and she likes it a lot.

Saturnina is excited to be taking her second loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for nine years. She started selling underwear with some money she saved from her first business selling wallets and handbags. She began to focus on selling underwear because it was a more popular item. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying underclothes for women, kids, and men. She will use the profits to buy building materials for her house.

Her group is located in the urban slums surrounding Santo Domingo. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Saturnina, Juana, Rosana, Yrene, Yeudy, Maria, Santa, Alexandra, Clavel, Genoveva, Senaida, Maria, Bienvenida*, Candelaria, Rosa, Elizetta, Flor, Francisca, Amparo, Ana
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