Communities in southern Peru are still recovering from the destabilization and loss of life caused by fighting and drug trafficking during the 1980s and 1990s. Many households are now headed by women, and social and economic conditions make earning an income difficult.

To create economic opportunities and empower women, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with a local branch of the Geneva-based Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF). ECLOF Peru offers micro-finance services along with business and marketing training to support small enterprises. Training sessions also include discussion of gender-based violence (GBV), agriculture, family dynamics, health and hygiene and personal development.

Additionally, in response to a government mandate that companies with over 50 employees hire a percentage of people with disabilities, ECLOF offers people with disabilities training in a wide variety of areas to enable them to obtain jobs.

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training
  • Increasing opportunities and inclusion for people with disabilities

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The poverty rate in Peru is about 30%, with rural areas higher at 55%.
Peru's economy is largely dependent on mineral extraction, and they import a large portion of food needs, leaving the country vulnerable to market fluctuations.
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Goal 1: No Poverty

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