The picturesque Ecuadorian city of Cuenca sends a steady stream of immigrants—legal and illegal—to the United States looking for employment, and whose remittances fuel both the city’s survival and growth. However, in recent years Cuenca’s beauty, moderate climate and low cost of living have attracted foreign retirees immigrating to the city for permanent residence. This... Continue Reading
Julia has conducted extensive research on alternative economic institutions and development strategies around the world. She is currently a U.S. Fulbright Student in Ecuador, where she is working with the Fundación Pachamama to launch local currencies as an economic development strategy in communities near the cities of Quito and Cuenca.