A loan of $1,775 helped a member to grow her small grocery store and eventually expand into a warehouse.


La Paz De Dios (The Peace Of God) Group 5's story

Belkis H. lives in a rural, poor area outside of El Seybo with her husband. She has four children, but they are all grown now and living in neighboring cities. Five years ago, her husband was involved in a street fight and was badly injured. He can’t walk or work anymore. Through her grocery business, Belkis has been able to support him, care for their needs, buy medicine for him, and even pay for an expensive surgery.

When she received her first loan from Esperanza International, Belkis had a small “colmado,” or mini-grocery store. With the three loans, she has expanded the colmado to about five times its original size and is now selling more products like shoes, jewelry, dishes, soaps and shampoo. With her fourth loan, she plans to fill the empty shelves of the larger colmado with more products like cooking oil, vinegar, etc. Hopefully within the next year, she plans to convert her colmado into an “almacen” or warehouse where she can supply goods in bulk to other colmados in the area. She is currently working on supplying her house and colmado with electricity so that she can use the freezer she recently bought. Eventually, she would like to buy a television, but business growth is more important right now.

In the photo, Belkis and the other four members of her group are meeting with their loan officer to prepare to receive their next loan. 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: Belkis, Virgina, Gregorio, Rosa, Ana
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