A loan of $1,700 helped a member to invest in more merchandise such as vegetables and meats to fry and sell to her community members.

Hacia Adelante Group's story

Antonia M. belongs to the Hacia Adelante Bank of Hope and lives in a small community on the outskirts of San Pedro de Macorís. She lives in small home with her husband and five children, whose ages range from 6 to 16 years of age.

Antonia has a small 'fritura' business where she offers a variety of fried foods to her community. This most often includes fried plantain chips, fried pork, and other fried meats or starchy vegetables. She used her loan to buy a bigger variety of food to cook and to also buy her cooking oil in bulk to reduce costs.

Her dream is to have her own large food business where she owns her own location and building to sell it from. As she works towards that dream, she has created a goal to simply maintain a steady flow of business, to make sure that things are stable in her house, and to slowly grow her business.

Antonia and her story represent the Hacia Adelante Bank of Hope; she belongs to a group of 10 men and women who work hard to improve their lives through the help of their small loans. Each of these men and women has taken out a similar loan to that of Antonia's. On behalf of all of them, and our team here at Esperanza, thank you for your support!

In this group: Antonia, Juana, Nereyda, Maritza, Bienvenida, Luis, Eladia, Milanda, Faustina, Rosaria

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