Update from the Fuerza Divina Group in Dominican Republic

Martina from the Fuerza Divina group

Martina from the Fuerza Divina group

Today I received this progress report from the Fuerza Divina Group in Dominican Republic:

Martina used her Kiva loan to travel to Santo Domingo to buy curtains, blankets, shoes, and other items requested by her customers. This week is Semana Santa (Holy Week), which is a week long vacation celebrated by going to the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic.

Martina took advantage of this popular vacation and bought towels, swimsuits, and sandals in bulk to sell the week before, and when I visited her she had sold out of all her vacation merchandise. With her profits Martina buys more merchandise, but saves the majority for any “medical, or personal emergency” she might have.

This was Martina’s 5th loan with Esperanza! She is such an exceptional entrepreneur and group leader that Esperanza awarded her with a “Best Group Coordinator” award this past December. Her future business plans are to expand her business and sell sliver jewelry.

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