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El Progreso Group
In this Group: Maria, Lomena, Clemiles, Rhut, Yenilcia, Anita, Maria, Maria, Osimena, Maria, Santa, Therese, Aluxa, Ona, Jazmin
Maria is a borrower who lives near San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, in a rural community. She is the coordinator for her group, named El Progreso (The Progress), a group of Haitian citizens who have made their lives in the Bateyes of Dominican Republic.

Maria, her husband, and their three children live together north of San Pedro in a Bateyes, which is a small rural community built by sugar companies for their field workers. Despite her difficulties, Maria makes the most of her opportunities and she operates a little food market where she sells products such as clothes, shoes, and other goods. Her most difficult business challenge is that her customers do not have enough revenue to purchase the items that she sells. However, she visits other communities during the week, traveling to sell her products.

Maria is requesting a loan to purchase different products to increase her inventory such as clothing for men, women, and children, and to purchase rice, beans, cooking oil, vegetables, meat, and other items. Maria has had five previous loans and she has been able to bring changes to her family’s life.

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
  • $8,275,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 37.6
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of El Progreso Group's $3,475 loan helped a member to buy clothing, shoes, and food.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 26, 2011
Aug 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2011