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Juan S. has been a successful micro-entrepreneur, selling fruit in his small community of Casa Colorá. He lives with his wife and young child in a run-down house made of wooden planks. The house is falling apart and it is unsafe and uncomfortable. Juan is in the process of building a new house for his family out of cement blocks.

Hurricanes and tropical storms are very common in the Dominican Republic and houses made of wood are swept away every time. With a house made out of cement, Juan and his family can weather the storm safely. Funding this loan will allow Juan and his family to be safe and secure in their home.

*Juan was not available for the photo,so his wife Alexandra is pictured above.

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About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Dominican Republic

  • $9,700
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,275,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.0
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Juan cement Blocks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
37 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 27, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2013