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Mujeres Luchadoras 1 & 2 Group
In this Group: Maricela, Juliana, Reneze, Manuel, Edlina, Rosette, Anita*, Maria, Violete, Victor
* not pictured
Maricela is the coordinator of her group, Mujeres Luchadoras 1 & 2 (Fighting Women). She makes her home in a simple structure with her long term partner and six children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to build a house. Now she pays rent.

Maricela is excited to take out her third loan through Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan to help grow her business. She has been in business for almost 15 years. Maricela plans to use this loan to buy clothes like pants, t-shirt, cosmetics and vegetables to sell.

She will use her profits to build a safe house and hopefully make her dream come true. Maricela want to have a store and pay her loans back.

This Esperanza associate began with us because of the God's will and mercy. 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 San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for Baseball players and sugar cane industries, the main economic activity is Free trading zone, a cement factory, and others. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

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
  • 15
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,245,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.4
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Mujeres Luchadoras 1 & 2 Group's $2,650 loan helped a member buy clothing and vegetable.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 7, 2010
Aug 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011