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Cristo Viene 1, 2, 3, 4 Group
In this Group: Luis, Yanita, Angelita, Josette, Elvia, Yesenia, Felito*, Leonor*, Madelaine, Liguelenia, Raquel, Germaine, Geliana, Olfelina, Josefa*, Enise, Oguis, Fifa, Maria Teresa, Rafael*
* not pictured
L. is the coordinator of his group Cristo Viene (Christ Comes) 1, 2, 3 and 4. He makes his home here in a simple structure with his long-term partner and three of his five children.

He enjoys doing business and is excited to be taking his first loan with Esperanza. He has had his business for seven years, starting with a candy and bread stall. He plans to use this loan to invest in his business to buy rice, flour and other foods. He operates a colmado, a place where you can find all the ingredients to make your daily food. Normally colmados are in neighborhoods within short walking distance from any home. He will use the profits to invest in his house and his business. His future plans are to progress and support his family.

This Esperanza associate began with us because he wants to improve his business and his story is representative of his group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the DR from Haiti. His group is located in the rural areas surrounding La Romana, where the sugarcane harvest and tourist industry dominate the economy. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water, none of which is potable, and electricity.

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
  • 0
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  • $8,557,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 37.0
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD