Mrs. Ana Nuez and her family were supported by the vegetable garden that her father planted in El Limón, Samaná. A friend of the family who made trips for foreigners showed this space as a tourist attraction where, in addition to selling their home-grown produce, they talked about Dominican agriculture and the process of planting and harvesting.
In 2003 his friend gave them the idea of making a “Rest Stop,” where they offered other attractions to tourists. One of Ana’s brothers
invested his savings to make a place next to his house and so they could grow in a modest but determined way.
In 2006, a friend invited Ana to join a group of women who were going to opt for group loans and training for their business with Esperanza. Her first loan of $125 was approved, and Ana received courses in customer service, how to create handicrafts with coconut, and business administration. With the money she earned through the stop, Ana was able to buy the merchandise they needed to expand their offering of products and services while paying down the family’s debt.
Today, after 26 loans and more than $ 8,000.00 dollars disbursed, Ana and her family have 3 ranches and are planning to open their 4th. They offer an extensive variety of products to tourists such as Noni Oil, cocoa butter, cacao facial cream, coffee, handmade tobacco, local crafts, mamajuana, moringa tea, among others – all produced by themselves or by their community.
Ana and her family dream of continuing to grow. As a visionary entrepreneur, she plans to make a Coconut Tour -showing the process of creating her coconut-based products – and to expand their food services to offer more Dominican cuisine to visiting tourists. Through her business, Ana seeks to continue to help her community prosper and provide better opportunities for study and growth for her children.
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