A loan of $3,350 helped a member to buy a new freezer, purified water and ice to resell.

La Fuerza 1 Group's story

Santa is the coordinator of her group La Fuerza (the force) 1, and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti). The group is located in the slums north of Santo Domingo, where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. Santa makes her home there in a simple rented structure with her husband and three children.

Santa is excited to be taking her 14th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business selling water and ice by purchasing a freezer to keep her wares cold. Also she will supply bags of ice and boxes of water to other businesses. Santa will use the profits to reinvest and to save. She wants to finish building her home and to give her family a better future. Because of this she is making this business. She thanks you all for your support.

In this group: Santa, Lujida, Carmen, Margarita, Brigida

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