Marleni is 32 years old. She and her husband recently welcomed into the world their first daughter six months ago. Unfortunately, their daughter was born with hip dysplasia, which means that her hip socket is abnormally formed and can cause crippling lameness and joint pain if left untreated. Marleni is requesting the loan in order to pay for her daughter’s medical treatment.
Marleni currently works for a business, but is planning to open a store selling children’s clothes. She wants to have the new business open in time for Christmas, and hopes to leverage her previous retail experience working in a clothing store while she was in school.
Marleni is receiving an individual loan as a member of the village bank "Las Mercedes de Kataniray" in Cusco, which is located close to the Incan ruins of Macchu Picchu in the Andean mountains. The bank is in its fourth cycle with 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).