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Luz Y Progreso 1,2,3 Group
In this Group: Mirlanda, Luisa, Juana, Valentina, Rufina, Micaela, Silvia, Martires, Catalina , Emma*, Basilia, Santa , Ramona, Pedro , Lidia
* not pictured
Mirlanda is the coordinator of her group 'Luz y Progreso' (Light and Progress), and her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) generally. Her group is located in Samana, a lush, rugged peninsula with a nascent tourism industry where running water (none of which is potable) and electricity are unreliable. She makes her home here in a simple structure as a single mother with her children.

Mirlanda is excited to be taking her fourth 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 running a small general store by investing in a freezer as well as oil, sugar, rice and vegetables to sell. She will use the profits to invest in her children's well-being by purchasing them food and clothes as well as school supplies and a computer to learn on. Additionally, she would like to improve her home and move her business to an area with more traffic. 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
  • 5
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,065,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.1
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD