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Unidos Para Progresar 1 & 2 Group
In this Group: Maxima, Jahanny, Wilson, Ingrid, Colombia, Roberto*, Alexandra, Miguelina, Estebania, Altagracia
* not pictured
Maxima is the coordinator of her group Unidos para Progresar 1 & 2 (Progressing Together). She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and 4 children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to improve her house. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying being with her family.

Maxima is excited to be taking her 11th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for over 7 years, starting when she learned how to sew. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business where she makes and sells curtains, sheets, quilts, tablecloths, and she will buy fabric, needles, thread and others. She will use the profits to improve her home, by changing some wood and having a floor. She wants to be successful in her business and with God's will and her Esperanza Loan, she will do it.

This Esperanza associate's story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. The rural areas surrounding Hato Mayor, an area where the economy is dominated by agriculture, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffer from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and unreliable 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

  • $7,611
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,065,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.3
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD