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Hacia Adelante 4 & 5 Group
In this Group: Luis, Bienvenida, Antonia, Dominga, Miguelina*, Lonicia, Lidia, Lucia*, Valentin, Leonor
* not pictured
Luis is one of the members of the group Hacia adelante 4 & 5 (Going Forward). He makes his home in a simple structure with his son and some other family members. Luis operates a 'colmado,' a store where customers can find all the ingredients to make their daily food; normally, there are colmados within a short walking distance from any home in every neighborhood.

Luis is excited to be taking his fifth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid his previous loan and grown his business. He has had his colmado for nine years, which he started with some savings. He is planning to use this loan to invest in his business by purchasing rice, beans, canned food, sugar and flour. He will use the profits to invest his business and improve it. He says that his most difficult challenge was working hard after he had an accident and broke a leg. He plans to continue playing dominoes in his free time.

This Esperanza associate began with us because he needed capital for his business and some neighbors invited him to join the group. His story is generally representative of his group and of Esperanza's Haitian clients and Dominican clients (many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti). The group is located in San Pedro D. Macoris, a city famous for baseball players and its sugar cane industry. The main economic activity is a free traD. zone and a cement factory. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

The man standing with the blue shirt is representing his wife, Miguelina, a member of the group who could not attend the meeting.

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
  • $8,374,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 37.1
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD