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Luz Y Progreso Group
In this Group: Mirlanda, Valentina, Juana, Maria, Ramona, Rufina, Jose , Silvia , Martires, Catalina , Emma , Basila, Santa*, Pedro, Lidia
* not pictured
Mirlanda is the coordinator of her bank of hope: Luz y Progreso (Light and Progress). Her story is representative of both the members of her group and Eseperanza's Dominican and Haitian (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients. Her group is based in the Samana peninsula in the east of the Dominican Republic, where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unavailable. She and her children call "home" a simple structure of wooden walls with a tin roof.

Mirlanda first came to Esperanza with the goal of starting a business and she is now on her third loan after having succesfully repaid the first two. She will use this third loan to reinvesting in her business by purchasing a display case as well as additional accessories to sell: necklaces, gold chains and earrings.



She plans to use the increased profits to purchasing various things for her family, including: animals to be raised for food and tools for her children's educatoin - books, backpacks and a computer. Her long-term goal is to finish repairing and improving her home and to invest in a new location for her business that will attract more customers.



She thanks you all for your support.

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Dominican Republic

  • $7,611
    Average annual income
  • 4
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $7,840,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 35.9
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Luz Y Progreso Group's $3,475 loan helped a member to purchase a display case and additional accessories to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 21, 2009
Listed
Oct 2, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Mar 15, 2010