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Mujeres En Esperanza 1, 2 Group
In this Group: Celeste , Lidia, Mercedes, Olga, Heredia, Rosa, Luisa, Zuleica, Siomary, Virtudys
Celeste is the coordinator of her group Mujeres en Esperanza (Women in Hope), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti) clients generally. Her group is located in the slums north of Santo Domingo, an area where crime is rampant 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 three children.

Celeste is excited to be taking her second loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business of used clothing sales by purchasing a large package of used clothing imported from places like the Salvation Army in the United States. She will use the profits to invest in her children first by purchasing everything that they need for school, including shoes, clothes, backpacks and notebooks. Her long-term goal is to save enough money to purchase a home. 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
  • 6
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $7,847,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.2
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Mujeres En Esperanza 1, 2 Group's $2,550 loan helped a member to purchase clothing in bulk for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2010