A loan of $2,000 helped a member to grow her mini-market by buying more inventory.

La Paz De Dios (The Peace Of God) Group 1's story

Candida F. lives in a poor community outside of El Seybo with her husband and her youngest child (age 15). Her two middle children live in her same community, but in their own homes. Her oldest lives in the beach city of Bavaro. She has four grandchildren.

Candida has a small “colmado,” or mini-market, where she sells various food products including chicken and vegetables. She buys packaged food from a warehouse in El Seybo, the chicken from a chicken vender and the vegetables from the market. She then transports all her purchases home to her community where she sells them to her neighbors. The hardest part of her business is having to transport so much from El Seybo to her community, using only a motorcycle.

Candida has successfully repaid five loans to Esperanza International and is now requesting her sixth loan. With this loan of $2000, she hopes to continue growing her small colmado and support her youngest in school. In the photo, she is at a meeting with the other four members of her group so that her loan officer can prepare to give them another loan.

Note: This is a group loan for five people. The loan funds will be distributed among the group members, each of whom will invest in her own business. The members mutually guarantee one another's loans. If one member does not repay, the other members are responsible.

In this group: Candida, Petronila, Delfina, Hector, Margarita

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