A loan of $750 helped a member to milk, sugar, cocoa, and peanuts to continue making sweets, as well as clothing to sell on the side.

Cristo Vive Group's story

Benita Pierre B. is a member of five person micro-bank, “Cristo Vive” which means “Christ Lives”. Only twenty years old, this young women has raised her three-year-old boy with the profits from her small business selling chocolates and other “peanut sweets” in the street. While this meager business has carried her thus far, she came to Esperanza International in search of something more. This will be each member of the group’s first loan. Benita intends to use the capital to begin selling shoes, shirts, dresses, and pants in the street, while continuing to make sweets on the side. It is her dream to earn enough money someday to own her own house to improve the living conditions for her entire family.

Other members of Cristo Vivo have similar occupations selling clothing, jewelry, blankets, and bread in the streets of Agrua, Dominican Republic. Each of these unique Dominican entrepreneurs unite in solidarity, allowing them to access funding that they would otherwise never be able to receive on their own. The concept of this group bank paying their loan together is to reduce the risk of one person defaulting, as the others members gladly help cover one another’s payments in order to receive their next loan together.

On behalf of Benita, the Cristo Vive group, and the entire team here at Esperanza International, we thank you for your support and awareness of the global issue of poverty, in which your efforts are helping to make a difference.

In this group: Benita, Jislene, Edith, Maria, Sonia

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