A loan of $3,400 helped a member to pay for milk, sugar, coconut, peanuts, cinnamon, and other ingredients for preparing candies.

Cristo Salva 6 & 7 Group's story

Yolena, the coordinator of the Cristo Salva Groups (Christ save) 6 & 7, is a Haitian mother like the other 9 hard-working women in the group. This group is composed of 10 Haitian immigrants located in the city of La Romana, where tourists and sugarcane are the biggest industries. They all live in a rural area called a "batey," surrounded by sugarcane fields.

Yolena's family is made up of two children and her long-term partner. Her children are attending school, which has been her most difficult challenge because they are Haitian and they didn't know how to speak Spanish very well. She wants to have her house and a stable business, to save and live a tranquil and safe life.

Yolena is very excited to receive her third loan through Esperanza International. She took her first loan around a year ago. Receiving these loans has made it possible to invest in her small business. She produces candy with traditional preparations. She makes candies from peanuts, coconut and milk. She sells them door-to-door by walking in the streets. She will invest by purchasing milk, sugar, coconut, peanuts, cinnamon, etc.

One of Yolena's dreams is to have a beautiful house and a successful business. She thanks you all for your support!!

In this group: Yolena, Nadeya, Exana, Chal, Lanise, Adeline, Michelina, Margarita, Felicia, Maria

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