A loan of $3,375 helped a member working capital.

Formando Un Futuro Group's story

Formando un Futuro (Forming a Future) is a group that lives in San Juan D. Lurigancho and is maD. up of persons who have overcome problems as big as abandonment. For example: Hilaria, 55, has learned to overcome heavy blows in life. She was abandoned as a very young girl and had to roam the streets begging for food until she met a woman who became fond of her and helped her with food and clothing. Still, Hilaria had to work. Hilaria grew based on toil and, by the age of 14, had exacting jobs. One of them was as a dishwasher in a restaurant. At 15, she met the man who would become her partner and father of her two daughters. He was employed as a municipal trash collector, a job that barely earned him enough income to eat. Years passed and when their eldest daughter was 12 years old and the youngest was 6, Hilaria suffered another abandonment; this time by her partner. He abandoned her to her fate, with two daughters. Hilaria now had to be both mother and father and started working again. She began selling candy, then popsicles and ice-cream. Later it was food, prepared meals and at night, sweets and cookies that she peddled from a basket that she carried through the streets. After 25 years, her ex-partner and father of their daughters, returned but only because he was crippled. Their daughters were unaffected by this turn of events because they were independent by this time with families of their own. Now, Hilaria's partner helps out with what he can, like tending to the business, etc. Currently, Hilaria has a small kiosk which the city allows her to use to sell sweets, candies, beverages, etc. and she also has a small ice-cream vending cart for Donofrio brand items and she has traveling phone booths. She is a strong woman who has dreams like so many other women in this society. She tells us with a smile "my dream is to finish my home and to have a store in it so that I can work without having to leave my house because what I most enjoy is work and, if I could work from home, that would be even better for me"

In this group: Hilaria Elsa, Serafina, Herlinda Luz, Yolanda Aurelia*, Restituta Paulina, Gladis Teresa, Natividad, Isabel Regina, Marcelo Miquiar, Jesus
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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