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Pasos Firme Group
In this Group: Maria, Avelia, Jillena, Nina, Maria
Avelia operates two significantly differently entrepreneurial activities. Avelia sells both sweets and gasoline. Aided by Esperanza International, Avelia has been able to purchase additional materials, including the needed ingredient to produce her sweets and additional levels of gasoline, to increase the level of sales for both entrepreneurial activities and gain a greater return. Thus far, throughout the life of her business, Avelia has encountered some setbacks including the deaths of loved ones, but her ambition remains to own her own “colmado”, or small store one day, and encourage the growth and education of her children (ages: 18, 15, 11, 9).

Avelia is not alone in her quest to succeed through entrepreneurial activities. Avelia is a member of the micro-finance bank “Pasos Firme”. All the members of the bank are illiterate. Along with the four other women, Avelia is seeking additional loan funds from Esperanza to encourage growth in her business. Other members of Avelia’s microfinance bank run similar entrepreneurial ventures including selling peanut butter and assorted food sales.

On behalf of Esperanza and this group of business entrepreneurs, we would like to thank you 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
  • 35.4
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Pasos Firme Group's $1,250 loan helped a member purchase additional needed materials for sweets and additional gasoline for re-sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 3, 2009
Feb 9, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2009