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La Alternativa 1,4 Group
In this Group: Juana, Pelagia, Santa, Ruth, Terma, Noemi, Martha, Juana, Germania, Alida
Juana E. runs a clothing business from her home near Samaná, Dominican Republic. For the past six years, she has been dedicated to providing her neighbors with men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, and has found her business to be quite successful. She took out her first microloan a year and a half ago, and is beginning her fourth loan cycle with Esperanza.

A smart businesswoman, Juana seeks out the best prices for clothing from cities all across the northwestern part of the Dominican Republic – she even travels to the border with Haiti to buy less expensive clothing in order to help garner a profit. She is so well known in her neighborhood that she no longer has to go door to door to sell clothing. Before she goes to Santiago or another location to purchase her inventory, individuals come to her home and request a customized list, and Juana is more than happy to find exactly what they want.

Currently living with just her husband, Juana has seen all three of her children (two daughters and one son), not only get married, but also pursue college education. With her business, Juana has been able to support her children’s education. One wishes to be a nurse and another studies English. Smiling, she adds (as any mom with college-age students might say), “Now they have to pay the university on their own! When you’re married, you pay for your own stuff.”

In the future, Juana wishes to have her own store where she can sell her clothing. She is hoping that future earnings can help her afford to build an extra room on her house dedicated solely to her business. To improve her home, she is also hoping that extra profits might allow her to replace her wood walls with ones made of concrete blocks.

Thank you for your loan to Juana and the others in her group!

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About Dominican Republic

  • $9,700
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,583,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 36.0
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD