A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy more products for her food stand.


Colaboradores 3 Group's story

Colaboradores 3 is made up of five people trying to receive their third loan with Kiva's partner, Esperanza International. Each member has already started their very own small business, and has started to experience some sort of success.

This group is from an extremely poor area in San Pedro, Dominican Republic, and most have lived in this area their entire lives. Before receiving their first loans, each member was having a hard time providing for their families, let alone themselves. Hopefully this next loan will enable each member to increase the size of their small business, and to improve their standard of living.

Dilcia G. is the representative of this group, and was more than happy to talk to us about her situation and life. Dilcia lives with her husband and her six young children (all under the age of 17). Each day has been a struggle for Dilcia and her husband to feed her six children, and also make sure they are getting to school. She knows that going to school and receiving an education is the only way for her children to break the cycle of poverty, and for that reason she does whatever she can to get them to school.

Before receiving her first loan, Dilcia was not bringing in an income, and just relied on her husband's job. She felt useless, and felt that she was not an important piece of the family. Dilcia took out her first loan and started a small business making and selling food in her area. Since she is an excellent cook and a hard worker, her business did well and she was able to pay back all her loans and save some money.

Now she is going on her third loan, and hopes with this next loan she can expand her business even more. She said she finally feels like a contributer to the family, and feels like she is going to be able to provide her children with everything they could need! She is so happy about having her own small business, and is excited for the future for the first time in her life.

She wants to thank everyone for the help they have provided her! Thanks for all your support and for enabling people like Dilcia to change their future!

In this group: Dilcia, Pauletre, Mariele, Vaneza, Carline
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