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.
I am a Toronto-based photographer who is dedicated to documenting stories of social and environmental significance around the world. Over the last few years I have worked on issues ranging from the expansion of the eco-village movement in Spain to the struggles of a Canadian indigenous community in defence of their land.
I studied graphic design and biology in Spain and Italy, and participated in the Missouri Photo Workshop 64, in September 2012. I am a member of the News Photographers Association of Canada and a contributor to EFE, Spain’s National News Agency.
I believe that stories of ordinary people and personal struggle are avenues through which we can explore the bigger issues facing our world.
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Movimiento Manuela Ramos