Ana is 27 years old and has an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son with her partner. She runs a small restaurant in her house, where she serves lunch menus consisting of soup and a main course. She has had this business for four years. At this time, Ana would like a loan to buy a plot of land so that she can start a farm. Her dream is to see her children become professionals.
Ana is receiving an individual loan as a member of the village bank "Vallecito" in Cusco, which is located close to the Incan ruins of Macchu Picchu in the Andean mountains. The bank is in its 17th loan 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).