Doris has been working with Asociación Arariwa for 14 years. She is 52 years old and single with one daughter, who is 15 years old. Doris has a store where she sells children’s clothes - mostly hand-knit pieces but also some manufactured dresses. She purchases the knits from women at the local market, as well as from other members of Arariwa’s village banks. Doris is requesting a loan in order to purchase more children’s clothing in time for Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in Peru. In the future, she would like to invest in internet training so that she can start selling clothes online.
Doris is a member of the village bank, "Los Hijos de Qolquewasi", in Cusco, which is receiving its 18th loan from Asociación Arariwa.
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).