A loan of $2,250 helped a member to buy pants, skirts, blouses, and yarn.


El Samaritano Group's story

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!

In this group: Sonia, Yaquelin, Alicia, Dulce, Argentina, Jose, Cristina, Maria, Yanelisa, Santa


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