A loan of $675 helped to buy beans, corn, and barley for resale.


Julia Marleni's story

Marleni is a member of the Virgen de los Angeles Village Bank, which meets once a month in the town of Huayllacocha, about an hour from the city of Cusco. Asociacion Arariwa is the only institution offering loans in this town. Marleni is 30 years old, single, and lives with her parents and siblings. Marleni’s family has a farm in Huayllacocha, where she works with her siblings. Marleni also has her own business buying and selling locally grown barley and bean flour; she buys from her neighbours and travels to Cusco and Quillabamba to resell the products. She usually travels two or three times per month, depending on how much she is needed on the farm. Marleni also has a few farm animals of her own: five pigs, two cows, and a handful of guinea pigs (a Peruvian delicacy).


Marleni is requesting a loan of 2000 soles to buy local crops. She plans to buy about ten sacks of broad beans (“habas”), eight or nine sacks of corn, and twenty sacks of barley. Her goal for the future is to buy more animals so that she can start her own small farm; she would like to buy chickens, more pigs and more guinea pigs.



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