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La Nueva Union 1 & 2 Group
In this Group: Maria, Ramona, Oselina, Cabbe, Maria, Flor, Samaria, Maribel, Enrique, Felipa
Maria is the group coordinator of her group, La Nueva Union 1 & 2 (the New Union), and her story is representative of both the members of her group and also of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated from the DR to Haiti. Her group is based in the area surrounding La Romana, where the economy is based on the sugar cane industry and where there is little access to running water (none of which is potable) or stable electricity. Maria makes her home with her two children and long-term partner.

Maria has proven herself to be an excellent client of Esperanza and she has successfully repaid four loans. With this new loan, she will purchase flour, meat, oil, and other goods to produce empanadas, a meal of flour filled with meat or vegetables. She has identified a market for these goods among her neighbors and she believes the increased profits will allow her to invest more in her business and save some of the capital. She thanks you all for your support.

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
  • 12
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,245,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 37.5
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of La Nueva Union 1 & 2 Group's $2,150 loan helped a member to purchase flour, oil, meat, and vegetables.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 24, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 20, 2011