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Felicia is one of Esperanza International's entrepreneurs. She came to Esperanza International almost five years ago for a loan to expand her jewel sales business. She joined the group "United for the Future" in one of the rural villages in Santo Domingo, where she has received loans to invest in her business.

Felicia is a single mother with two children who she is raising by herself without the help of a husband. She lives in a small slum community in Santo Domingo's north. Felicia is receiving her ninth loan from Esperanza. She is accessing this loan to make some changes to the structure of her home. She has been building her house little by little and this time the loan will be used to lay a floor and finish some walls. Felicia will invest this loan by purchasing cement and other building materials.

Esperanza Internacional is running a program where most of their clients pay back their loans, fulfill their commitment to expand their businesses, and show fidelity to their groups. They can request loans to improve their house structure while receiving business loans and attending group meetings.

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Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

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  • $9,700
    Average annual income
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  • $8,583,700
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  • 38.9
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