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Empowerment Through Microfinance in Peru

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Rosa Estaña, of Yunguyo, makes a syrup to cover the maná (a sort of popcorn) she sells at Puno's market.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Rosa Estaña works at the warehouse where she keeps the maná she produces -around 600 kg per week-.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Flora Mita, a stockbreeder living in Yunguyo, rests at her house.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Flora Mita cultivates broad beens for her cattle and for herself.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Flora Mita with her sheep.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

View of the village of Juli.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Nancy Carmela breeds trout in the Titicaca Lake.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Fishing hut at the Titicaca Lake.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Nancy Carmela counts the fish every morning, and catches the bigger ones for selling.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Sonia Ticona has been part of the comunal bank in Chipana for two years now, and she now produces twice as much bread as before.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Sonia Ticona at her bakery in Chipana.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

Luli Rojas is an embroiderer in Juli. She bought the materials she uses for her work with the money from the microcredit.

Women and microcredits in Peru.

María Concepción Zaganina used to be an embroiderer. She has been part of Juli's communal bank for 15 years now, and with the help of microcredits she has bought two looms and a warper.

Rosa Estaña, of Yunguyo, makes a syrup to cover the maná (a sort of popcorn) she sells at Puno's market.Rosa Estaña works at the warehouse where she keeps the maná she produces -around 600 kg per week-.Flora Mita, a stockbreeder living in Yunguyo, rests at her house.Flora Mita cultivates broad beens for her cattle and for herself.Flora Mita with her sheep.View of the village of Juli.Nancy Carmela breeds trout in the Titicaca Lake.Fishing hut at the Titicaca Lake.Nancy Carmela counts the fish every morning, and catches the bigger ones for selling.Sonia Ticona has been part of the comunal bank in Chipana for two years now, and she now produces twice as much bread as before.Sonia Ticona at her bakery in Chipana.Luli Rojas is an embroiderer in Juli. She bought the materials she uses for her work with the money from the microcredit.María Concepción Zaganina used to be an embroiderer. She has been part of Juli's communal bank for 15 years now, and with the help of microcredits she has bought two looms and a warper.

Empowerment Through Microfinance in Peru

Microcredits are widely considered as a tool for development and an effective mechanism in the fight against poverty and inequality, as well as against the pattern of scarcity of resources excluding women to a greater degree than men.

CrediMUJER’s is a Peruvian microfinance service agency with a gender-based approach. It lends exclusively to women, acknowledging that financial independence is crucial to women’s equality. It is part of a nation-wide Peruvian nonprofit organization -Movimiento Manuela Ramos- and its mission is to facilitate access to financial services through education, and the promotion of savings for women entrepreneurs with limited access to resources.Credimujer’s main focus is the Puno region, one of the poorest of Peru, where these photographs were taken.
 
May 2012
 
P.S: My most sincere thanks to Cuso International Peru, which logistical and financial support was crucial to the completion of this photo-essay.