A loan of $750 helped a member to purchase bread, chicken, beef, pork and cooking ingredients.

Ebenezer, Group 2's story

Maria has a small cafeteria where she sells frituras, which is a variety of fried Dominican food. She is asking for a loan so that for the first time she will have extra capital to buy more merchandise to expand her business. Specifically, she wants to buy ingredients in bulk to cut down on cost, as well as occasionally buying a wider variety of meats to sell that she hasn’t been able to afford before.

She lives with her two children and husband in a small community outside of the capital, Santo Domingo. Her dream is to watch her children graduate high school, go to one of the universities in Santo Domingo and become professionals. For herself, her dream is to own a bakery and dessert shop where she can sell what she loves making most: breads and cakes. She also hopes at one point to return to school herself.

Maria's biggest challenge to overcome is not a lack of money, or poverty, but rather the insecurity and doubt she harbors in herself — it is hard for her to understand that she really is capable of improving her life and doing better for her family. Thankfully, with the help of Esperanza, and the group lending method, she is supported by her group members and learning to overcome this insecurity—she says they help her believe more strongly in herself.

On behalf of everyone at Esperanza, and on behalf of Maria and her group members, we thank you for your support!

In this group: Maria, Mirtha, Teofila, Andrea, Anatathalie
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