María Julia has come a long way since starting domestic work at the age of only 13. Growing up, she was the oldest child with five younger siblings. “I had to quit my studies to work and support my siblings,” she explains.
Fast-forward several years and María Julia, now 35, is running a successful business producing honey and preparing carob, similar to chocolate. She holds several positions ranging from President of her own Association to Treasurer and Board member of the National Association of Beekeepers in Lima.
There are fifteen women in her Adonai Association and formalizing the business was one of their biggest challenges. “Once you are formalized, your customers put more trust in you and more doors will open. I have seen the results of the formalization in my own earnings. We have also made progress with registering trademarks and we achieved the food hygiene registration for our products,” she explains.