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Cristo La Fuente 1, 2,  3 Group
In this Group: Graciela, Eliana, Disiana, Mourancy, Vie, Annete, Anny, Elma, Dominga, Nadela, Dania, Milca, Mimosa, Yrene, Clodeta
Graciela is the coordinator of her group Cristo la Fuente 1, 2, 3 (Christ the Source). She makes her home in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their 4 children. She says that her most difficult challenge is saving enough money to buy a house and to return to Haiti. In the meantime she plans to continue to enjoy attending the church.

Graciela is excited to be taking her fourth loan with Esperanza. She has had her business for 7 years, which was started with a loan from a family living here before her in the Dominican Republic. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying shoes, clothes and cosmetics products to sell. She will save the profits, because through this business she wants to make her dreams come true – to have her own house and to move back to Haiti.

Graciela's association with Esperanza began because she wants to improve her business and learn more about how to run a business. Her 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. Her group is located in the rural area surrounding La Romana, where the sugarcane harvest and 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 irregular 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
  • 6
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $7,840,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.9
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Cristo La Fuente 1, 2, 3 Group's $2,950 loan helped a member to buy shoes, clothes and cosmetics to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 18, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2011