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Pasos Firme 1, 2 & 3 Group
In this Group: Ruth, Taiana, Maria, Maria, Jiliena, Marta, Rosita, Angela, Ana, Luisa, Andrina, Jacquelin, Matilde, Laurette, Natacha
Ruth is one of the members of Pasos Firme 1 2 & 3 (Firm Steps) groups. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and their 3 children.

Ruth is excited to be taking her first loan with Esperanza. She has had her business for around 3 years, starting with a capital her partner in love gave her to make a business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by purchasing underwear for men and women. She will use the profits to invest in her business and to add more products to his business.

Ruth's 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 the rural area surrounding El Seibo, an agricultural area,. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

Notes: The two women in the small photo at the bottom are part of the group, they are completing the fifteen members. At the moment of the group photo, they were organizing the repayments schedule.

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
  • 2
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,374,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 37.4
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD