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El Samaritano Group
In this Group: Sonia, Yaquelin, Alicia, Dulce, Argentina, Jose, Cristina, Maria, Yanelisa, Santa
Sonia M. is a 38-year-old woman who lives with her husband, 17-year-old daughter, and mother in a small community called Villa Vilorio in the eastern province of Hato Mayor in the Dominican Republic. She began a small business selling clothing and jewelery a year and a half ago and continues to increase her inventory with each loan. Sonia not only buys clothing in the capital to resell from her home, but she also buys materials to knit hats and blankets. She has started these businesses so that she can provide her daughter with a good education and her sick mother with proper medical care. It is her hope that one day she may convert her house of wood into one of sturdy concrete.

Sonia is the leader of the 10-person micro-bank group, El Samaritano. In English, this means `The Samaritan┬┤. Each of these unique Dominican entrepreneurs unite in solidarity, allowing them to access funding that they would otherwise never be able to receive on their own.

On behalf of Sonia, the Samaritano group, and the entire team here at Esperanza International, we thank you for your support with this micro loan!

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
  • 12
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    Dominican Republic Loans Fundraising
  • $8,228,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 34.6
    Dominican Republic Pesos (DOP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of El Samaritano Group's $2,250 loan helped a member to buy pants, skirts, blouses, and yarn.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 16, 2008
Sep 1, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2009