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Divina Misericordia 3 & 4 Group
In this Group: Quelsi, Jairol, Jacqueline, Jossy, Elizabeth, Carmen, Violeta, Matilde, Teresa, Lucilo
Quelsi is the coordinator of her group Divina Misericordia 3 & 4, (Divine Mercy). She lives in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their four children. She said her most difficult challenge is to finish building her house. Quelsi is excited about her fourth loan with Esperanza. She has had her business for approximately two years, starting with her first loan. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying vegetables and fruits. She will use the profits to buy a freezer and build a bathroom for her house. She hopes to see her children become professionals.

This Esperanza associate story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti) clients. Her group is located in Santiago, an area known for tobacco and beef production. Santiago is the second biggest city in the Dominican Republic. 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

  • $7,611
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,065,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.9
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD