Alejandrina is 39 years old and married with three children, including her 7-month-old daughter who appears in the photo with her. She makes a living by raising chickens and guinea pigs. Right now she has 40 chickens and 70 guinea pigs. She buys them when they are young and keeps them for three months before selling them in the market. A loan will help Alejandrina buy more baby animals. Her dream is to have a large livestock farm where she can also raise pigs.
Alejandrina is receiving an individual loan as a member of the village bank "Comuzone I" in Cusco, which is located in the Andean mountains at 3,400 meters above sea level. The bank is in its 17th 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).