A loan of $350 helped to buy beans, peas, broad beans, chayote, raddish, beet, carrots, etc.

Julia Victoria's story

Julia Pérez, 52, is one of the founding members of the Mujeres de Éxito (Successful Women) communal bank; she has been involved in three cycles with it. She lives in the outskirts of Cuenca in the Carmen de Guzho sector of Turi parish located in the south of Cuenca. It is bordered on the north by the city of Cuenca, on the east by Valle parish, on the south by Tarqui parish, and on the west by Baños parish. This location has an area of 26.2 square kilometers and occupies 0.8% of the territory. It is considered by Cuenca’s residents as its balcony because one can view the beautiful city of Cuenca from here: its parish church and Hitocruz Hill, considered tourist attractions both for nationals and foreigners.

Julia is married and has four children who range from 32 to 24 years of age. Only her oldest son lives independently with his partner; the other three are still single and work in a local shopping center. They, together with her husband who’s employed as a driver in a factory, contribute to meet household expenses. Together, they have managed to build their own home.

At her age, Julia continues to sell basic grains and vegetables in Cuenca’s free market and in Totoracocha on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6am to noon in a stand that she’s had for seven years now.

She will use the requested funds to buy beans, peas, broad beans, chayote, radish, celery, carrots, etc. to enlarge her stock a bit.

Her goal is to continue in business increasing her stock gradually.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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