A loan of $3,225 helped a member to buy all kind of fruits and vegetables.


Enmanuel 2 & 3 Group's story

Maria is the coordinator of her group Emmanuel 2 & 3 (Emmanuel). She began with Kiva partner, Esperanza, because she wanted to start a business. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients generally (many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti). Her group is located in the rural area surrounding El Seibo, an agricultural area. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity. Maria makes her home here in a simple structure with her long-term partner and four children.

Maria has run her business for over six years, starting with her first loan with Esperanza. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying fruits and vegetables such as avocados, bananas, oranges, mangoes, etc. She is excited to be taking her 12th loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She will use her profits to buy school supplies and uniform for her children, improve her business and progress. She says that her most difficult challenge is to progress in her business. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying to cook.

In this group: Maria, Juana, Dulce, Martina, Andrea, Mireya, Lidia, Claris, Guillermina, Maria
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