PHOTO: Martha Pierre Encarnacion .
Martha Pierre Encarnacion
San Pedro de Macoris.
For five years, Martha has been running her business of preparing chicken, cooked plantains, fried potatoes and selling fresh fruit. She received her first loan of 5,000 Dominican pesos (about $130 USD) to invest full-time in her small restaurant.
Before acquiring loans from Esperanza, she would open her fritura only on the weekends. During the week she had to travel to the capital, Santo Domingo, approximately an hour and a half away from Monte Coca, to find work cleaning houses.