A loan of $600 helped a member to purchase food staples.


Mujeres Trabajadoras Elegantes, Group 1's story

Benise M. lives in a small community outside of Puerto Plata on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. She is originally from Haiti. Her parents came to the Dominican Republic in hopes of finding more opportunities and a better life. Benise is 29 years old and lives with her husband and her child.


Benise has worked hard for many years but has only made enough money to barely provide for her needs. She lives in a Haitian community where unemployment rates and poverty are seen in large percentages. Currently, she sells food to about 40 construction workers a day by walking around and looking for current building projects. Work is very hard for her because she walks around all day and already has problems with one of her knees.


She currently lives with a large group of family members but one day hopes to build her own house. In five years, she hopes to build a home of her own. Benise feels that it is very hard to live in a country and a house that is not her own. She is very appreciative of the opportunity that she is now getting and desperately wants to improve her life. She hopes to give her son a better life and the chance to attend a good school.


On behalf of everyone here at Esperanza International, and from Benise herself, we thank you for your support with this microloan!

In this group: Benise, Joselyne, Margaret, Maria


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