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Oriental Group's story

The Oriental Communal Bank is represented by Sra. Dalia and consists of 12 group members. Most of the group is currently in its third loan cycle and has been punctual in making previous loan payments. The group is responsible and united. They are very hard-working people, as can be seen at their stands, where they sell empanadas (meat pastries), cards, food and groceries. Some of the male group members work in passenger transport.

The group members are not very worried about competition in their respective fields; they just focus on working hard in order to get ahead through effort and dedication. Dalia is the group president, and has been selling cakes for the past 20 years. Yovanna has been selling cards for the past year, Juana has been selling empanadas for 2 years, Blanca Nieve has been working as a promoter for the past 3 years, Veronica has been working at her restaurant for the past 2 years, Francys has been working as a promoter for 2 years, Tomas is a taxi driver and has 9 years of experience, Maria Nelly has been selling empanadas for one year, Blanca has two years of experience selling prepared meals, Marithza has been selling empanadas for the past year, Erika has been selling empanadas for the past 2 years, and Mabel has 3 years of experience running her grocery store.

Most of the group members will use this loan to buy more merchandise to sell: for example, the members who sell food in restaurants or on the street will buy ingredients to prepare their pastries. The male group members will re-upholster their vehicles and buy some replacement parts in order to better serve their clients and earn more income for their families. The group members want to be able to provide their children with a professional-level education and a more comfortable home, and so they will continue to work until their dreams become reality.

In this group: Dalia, Yovanna, Juana, Blanca Nieve, Veronica, Francys, Tomas, Maria Nelly, Blanca, Marithza, Erika, Mabel

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Heidi Petersen

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