Cristina is requesting a loan of 1,500 soles to invest in her business to buy hammers, nails, screws, and other tools. She has pledged to repay her Kiva loan in full and on time. Cristina’s dream is to continue working for many more years. She is pictured below with her two-year-old granddaughter, who accompanied her to her loan disbursal meeting.
Important InformationAbout 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).
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