A loan of $2,775 helped a member to invest in the purchase of more inventory for her business selling flowers, candles and medicines.

Mujeres En Progreso (Women In Progress) Group's story

Lourdes, the leader of this group, is a 35 year old woman who lives with her husband Felix, and two teenage-aged children in the community of L. Guaricanos in the Dominican Republic. Things in L. Guaricanos are often very difficult; consistent and well paying work is hard to come by, but the people live on the outskirts of the capital and as a result are forced to pay somewhat inflated prices for everything from food to school supplies, prices that most people simply cant keep up with.

Lourdes runs a small business selling dried flowers, scented candles, natural medicines and a few different chemicals to help treat skin problems. She normally sells these items to people who know about her business from her home, and will also walk the streets a few times a week. She has asked for this loan so that she can buy a new selection of candles—candles are always sin demand since the power goes out an average of two to three time each day. She would also like to expand the types of herbal medicines she is able to offer her clients.

She hopes that with the extra income this loan will help her make, she will be able to improve the lives of her children and improve the manner in which they all live. She also says she hopes to raise them with good health, and teach them what it means to make an honest living in a world where many people resort to corruption and stealing to get by. She wants to see them all happy, and she hopes that she will able to see her family continue to move forward in their lives economically and happily.

On behalf of Lourdes and everyone here at Esperanza International, we thank you for supporting his dreams and goals!

In this group: Lourdes, Griserda, Jackeline, Cecilia, Lili, Vickiana, Yannery, Ana, Ana, Dariana, Aridaysi, Ramona, Alexandra, Digna, Angela

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