Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Helping Bakeries in Paraguay

Today I helped Julia Velazquez.

Julia, 40, is separated from her partner. She has three children, one in elementary school, one in high school and one working and independent. All live in the city of Caaguazu.

Julia started her small "copetin" (snackbar or food-selling shop) around 1992 and later decided to take a course to learn to make confectioneries, something that led to added growth for her business, especially from the sale of "flores de azucar" ("sugar flowers", a local confectionery). She now works with supermarkets in the city and even other cities.

Julia's fondest wish is that her children finish their studies and become successful professionals. She hopes that the change of government (in Paraguay) will bring more security, more jobs and greater justice.

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