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Ayudanos Señor 1 & 5 Group
In this Group: Lucienne, Irma, Rene, Mariluz, Evelina, Romina*, Osena, Johanna, Doris, Yiliana
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Lucienne is one of the members of the Ayúdanos Señor (Help Us Lord) Group 1 & 5. The majority of the group's members are Dominican-Haitians or emigrants from Haiti who live in 'bateyes' (company towns where sugar workers live) in the town of Romana, one of the Dominican Republic's tourist destinations, which has a high scale of luxury. Lucienne's business is selling food, which she cooks to distribute to the workers and to sell from her home to her neighbors. She has two children. She tells us that her biggest challenge is sending her children to university and that she enjoys going to church.

Lucienne is very excited to be receiving her seventh loan from Esperanza Internacional and will invest it in her business, which she has had for about 12 years. She is planning to invest her loan in buying different cooking ingredients such as rice, oil, beans, meat, vegetables, etc. She is dreaming of expanding her established business into a small restaurant in her community.

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
  • 38.9
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD