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Con Dios Adelante 1 & 2 Group
In this Group: Marie, Xiomara, Maria, Cavilia, Oly, Maria, Nana, Logamena, Ana, Silvana
Marie is the coordinator of her group, Con Dios Adelante 1 & 2 (Forward with God). She lives in a modest home with her two children. She says that her most difficult challenge was when she became a widow. She enjoys attending church and worshiping God and plans to continue to do so in the future.

Marie is excited to be taking her third loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for five years, starting when she first decided to sell clothes and bought a bag of used clothing. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying more clothes. She will use the profits to invest in her business and to respond to her household's needs.

This Esperanza associate set out with us because she wanted to start a business and 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 in the rural areas surrounding La Romana, where the sugarcane harvest and the tourist industry dominate the economy. 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
  • 1
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,161,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.6
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD