Ruth Y Esther 2 Group
Andrea is excited to be taking her fourth loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loan and grown her business. She has had her business for two years, starting with selling underwear. She plans to use this loan to invest in her business by buying shoes, accessories, underwear and an exhibitor. She will use the profits to buy school supplies, to invest in more products, and she is planning to buy a computer. She also wants to have telephone service and to have a store with all kinds of merchandise.
This Esperanza associate began with us because she needed the loan for her business. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. Her group is located in Samana, a lush rugged peninsula with a nascent tourism industry. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.
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.
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