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Celinda
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Mrs. Celinda is 45 years old, and lives in the Central Area of Canchachugo in the District of Usquil Provincia of Otuzco in the Department of La Libertad. Mrs. Celinda has one son in school, she herself only studied until she reached secondary school at the age of 15.


When she was seven yeras old, during her holidays in the city of Huacho, she learned from a friend of her mother's, how to weave baskets of 'junco' (a water plant which is used when dry). Since then she has dedicated herself to doing this during her holidays and with the profits of selling these covered the cost of her studies.


When she finished her studies, she traveled to Lima in order to work as a housekeeper at the same time as studying the technical aspects of nursing (?) but due to the costs she could not continue this. At this time she became pregnant with her child, she returned to her pueblo because the father of her child did not want to assume the responsiblity of being a father.


Upon her return she lived her life as best as possible in order to move forward with her son and dedicated herself to tailoring and sales of baskets of 'junco', and has done this ever since.


She formed the Communal Bank "Canchachugo" and received her first credit of S/. 300.00 (approximately $100) which she used to purchase more 'junco' to make more baskets and sell them in various cities. With the subsequent loans she created her own business and today travels to various cities in the north of the country to supply her business. With this loan, which will be repaid in four months, she will buy cane and paint to make her baskets.


Mrs. Celina's dream is to improve the designs of her baskets and be able to export them along with her neighbors whom she has taught has to manufacture/make the baskets.


Recently she was a prize-winning recipient of the first prize in the Contest titled "Testimonies of Life during the Fifth National Meeting of Communal Banks" organized by the Consortium of Women and the Community PROMUC, Red, which reunited 13 institutions operating Communal Banks in Peru. Neraly 200 women from all around the country participated.

Translated from Spanish by Chloé Tuot, a Kiva Volunteer.



La señora Celinda tiene 45 años de edad, actualmente vive en el Centro Poblado Menor Canchachugo del Distrito de Usquil Provincia de Otuzco del Departamento de La Libertad. La señora Celinda tiene un hijo en edad escolar, ella solo estudió hasta quinto año de secundaria.
A la edad de siete años, durante sus vacaciones en la ciudad de Huacho, aprendió de una amiga de su madre, a tejer canastas de "junco" (planta acuática que se utiliza cuando está seca), desde esa época se dedicó a esta actividad durante sus vacaciones y con lo que ganaba cubría los gastos de sus estudios.

Cuando terminó sus estudios viajó a la ciudad de Lima para trabajar como empleada del hogar y a la vez estudiar enfermería técnica pero por los costos no pudo hacerlo, allí conoce al padre de su hijo se embaraza, regresa a su pueblo porque este señor no quiso asumir su responsabilidad.

Al retornar vio como posibilidad para salir adelante con su niño el dedicarse a la confección y venta de las canastas de junco, y hasta la fecha así lo hace.

Formó el Banco Comunal “Canchachugo” y obtuvo su primer crédito de S/.300.00 (aproximadamente $100) con el que compró junco para confeccionar mas canastas ya que tenía pedidos de diferentes ciudades. Con los siguiente créditos ha hecho crecer su negocio y ahora viaja a abastecer a diferentes ciudades del norte del país.
Con el reciente préstamo obtenido de Manuela Ramos de S/.800 (aproximadamente $267) el cual será pagado en 4 meses, comprará junco y tintes para la elaboración de sus canastas.
La señora celinda sueña con mejorar los diseños de sus canastas y poder exportar junto con sus vecinas a quienes les enseño a elaborarlas.

Recientemente ha sido premiada como ganadora al primer puesto en el Consurso "Testimonio de Vida durante el "V Encuentro Nacional de Bancos Comunales" organizado por el Consorcio de la Mujer y la Comunidad PROMUC, Red que reune a 13 instituciones que operan Bancos Comunales en el Perú. Participaron cerca de 200 mujeres provenientes de diversas partes del país.

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