La Mujer Valiente 1 & 2 Group
Edline is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying rice, beans, oil, meats and other goods. She is selling food to people in her community for lunch. She started with her savings, and she wants this loan to improve her business. She will use the profits to invest in her business and to buy some school supplies for her children.
This Esperanza associate’s 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 Santiago, an area famous for tobacco and beef production. The second biggest city in the Dominican Republic, Santiago, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.
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.
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