A loan of $2,200 helped a member to purchase meat, bread, fruit, and a blender for a small restaurant.


Mujeres De Debora Group's story

Lucelia C. runs a small cafeteria in the little community of Llano De Perre, Dominican Republic. As a single mother of three, the income from this mini-restaurant is the livelihood of her family. She sought out Esperanza to help her with her first ever loan, valuing $150. The money that Lucelia gets from this loan will go towards purchasing bread, meat, oil, and fresh fruit to make smoothies at her local venue. In typical Dominican fashion, her favorite dish is rice, beans, and chicken, a customer favorite as well. She dreams of one day being able to travel outside of the country with her three children.

Lucelia is one of the leaders of the 15-person micro-bank Mujeres de Debora. Many of the women in this 15-person bank have recently immigrated from Haiti in search of a better future. Their businesses are simple, but offer a stream of income that could never have been accomplished without such a loan for initial capital. Several of the women sell clothes and shoes in the street, while others go from office to office vending fresh fruit and vegetables daily. These unique entrepreneurs have united 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 repaying their loan together is to reduce the risk of one person defaulting, as the other members gladly help cover one another’s payments in order to receive their next loan together. As these 15 entrepreneurs embark upon their first ever loan from Esperanza, we are confident that they will all succeed in bettering their lives and the lives of their families with this loan.

On behalf of Lucelia C., the Mujeres de Debora group, and the entire team here at Esperanza International, we thank you for your support and awareness of the global issue of poverty, where your efforts are helping to make a difference.

In this group: Lucelia, Lucia, Francisco, Dionicia, Edibulga, Gertrudis, Catalina, Eulalia, Anastacia, Cecilia, Maria, Maria, Ronald, Maria, Juana
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