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Las Intelectuales Y Responsables Group
In this Group: Melida, Fidelina, Nelly , Danial , Yasura, Carmelita, Carmela, Vanessa, Carlina, Maria, Lucia, Melida, Marilu, Clotilde, Mayelyn
Melida is the coordinator of her group Las Intelectuales y Responsables (the intellectual and responsible), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in the rural areas surrounding La Romana, where the economy centers around the backbreaking labor of the sugarcane harvest and where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long term partner and their 3 children.

Melida is excited to be taking her second loan with Esperanza, after having successfully repaid her previous loan. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business selling chorizos, a delicious smoked mixture of pork that is then formed into sausages using pig intestines. Yum! She will use the profits to invest in her children by purchasing them shoes and clothes. Her long term goal is to continue growing her business and to see her children grow up to go to university and be successful. 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

  • $9,700
    Average annual income
  • 12
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,221,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.1
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Intelectuales Y Responsables Group's $2,775 loan helped a member to buy meat to make chorizos.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 16, 2009
Jan 14, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2010