Nohelia is one of 12 members of the village bank “Luz del Sur”, located in the Andean highlands of Cusco. Nohelia is 31 years old and is a single mother with a 12-year-old daughter. Nohelia operates a juice stand where she blends fresh fruits such as papayas, pineapples, and bananas for thirsty customers. She has been in the business for 13 years and is requesting a loan in order to purchase ingredients such as fruit and milk as well as appliances. Nohelia dreams of owning her own juice shop one day.
About Asociación Arariwa
Asociación Arariwa is a large non-governmental organization that started offering microcredit in 1994 to improve the quality of life, skills and equity of the population in the rural Cusco region of Peru. Arariwa serves the southern Andean provinces of Peru, and is distinguished by its efforts to reach the very poor, who often live in isolated rural areas. Arariwa fosters village banking, supports savings accounts, promotes access to education, and empowers women entrepreneurs (who make up 78% of its borrowers).