Melizza Mariott is 23 years old and works as a kindergarten teacher. She said that she chose this career because she loves children. She has completed her B.A. in educational studies and recently began a master's degree program. A loan will help Melizza Mariott pay for her tuition. Her aspiration is to open her own kindergarten.
Melizza Mariott 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).