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Amor Y Amistad 1 & 2 Group
In this Group: Yolanda, Gertrudis, Miledy, Claricia, Adelina*, Ana, Claudia, Marcelina, Maria, Carlos
* not pictured
Yolanda is the coordinator of her group Amor y Amistad 1 & 2 (Love and Friendship). She makes her home here in a simple structure, living with her parents. She says that her most difficult challenge is to study and get professional knowledge. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying cooking and visiting the beach.

Yolanda 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 almost 6 years, starting with an initiative to have a business, with which she can help her family. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business where she sells gasoline and motor oil on the road close to her home, and to buy clothing to sell. She will use the profits to reinvest in the business and to save, because she wants to improve her standard of living.

This Esperanza associate began with us because she believes everybody is involved with her in this loan; they are like family. 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. 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
  • 3
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,265,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.8
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Amor Y Amistad 1 & 2 Group's $3,125 loan helped a member to buy gasoline, motor oil and clothes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 28, 2010
Sep 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2011