With this loan they will invest in a machine to make ice and will improve their distribution point (where they sterilize gallons, fill bottles with purified water and deliver them to the neighbors that go directly to the business to buy them or sellers that distribute them). By "improve," they mean to buy 5-gallon water bottles and labels, change system pieces, paint walls and other investments.
Reynaldo is the pastor in this church and also is in change of the water project called Agua Esmirna (Water Esmirna) in honor of their church name. In their neighborhood live around 6 thousand people, and their plan is to distribute purified water to 50% of the inhabitants, at a cost of $0.50 US for a 5-gallon bottle water. With this, Reynaldo said, they want to impact different areas: economic, health, spiritual and many others. This community is an extremely poor area in Santo Domingo with many salubrity problems, potable water scarcity, diseases, pollution, etc. and with programs like this, the community could start changing their lives. This church is committed to start as many projects as they can to contribute to the development of this community.
Reynaldo thanks God, Esperanza Internacional and all of you for this opportunity. In his name and the name of all of his church members, he thanks all of you for your support!
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This loan is part of a program to fund large-scale community water infrastructure in the Dominican Republic. The program is targeted at communities who cannot afford access to clean drinking water. Esperanza works through local partners like churches and community development organizations to identify high-priority communities, and will use Kiva lenders' funds to finance the installation of water infrastructure. This loan is considered riskier than typical loans on Kiva due to its large size and longer repayment term.
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