About Peru

Peru can be accurately described as one of the eminent birthplaces of human civilization. The earliest evidence of a human presence in Peruvian territory has been dated to approximately 9,000 BCE. The oldest known complex society, the Norte Chico civilization, flourished along the coast of the Pacific Ocean between 3000 and 1800 BCE. Some of the ancient peoples that followed the Norte Chico were the Chavin, Paracas, Mochica, Nazca, Wari, and Chimú. In the 15th century, the Incas emerged as a powerful group with expansive territory, eventually forming the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, until the 16th century colonization by the Spanish.

Peru achieved independence from Spain in 1821. Currently, it is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions with geography varying from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. Its main economic activities include agriculture, fishing, mining, and manufacturing of products such as textiles.

Peru is home to an estimated 29 million people of mixed decent including Amerindians, Europeans, Africans and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although its polyglot nature is reflected in the significant number of inhabitants that speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.

Chiclayo, Peru

About Chiclayo

Chiclayo serves as the capital city of the Lambayeque region in the north. It is located 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast and 770 kilometers from Lima.

Since its founding in the 1500s, Chiclayo has evolved into one of the most important urban areas of Peru. The city has a population of 738,000 while the metropolitan area has a population of 972,713. Famous for the Mercado Modelo, one can find an array of historical influences in colorful stalls selling wars as varied as batteries, flip flops, herbal medicines and handicrafts.

Chiclayo’s cultural atmosphere uniquely reflects its own history. Its distinctive musical tradition expresses a blend of afro-indian influences and archeologically speaking there is a surfeit of easily accessible sites and museums.

Additionally, the city is known as one of the friendliest in Peru.

About EDPYME Alternativa

Born of an effort in the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce, EDPYME Alternativa (Entidad de Desarollo de le Pequeña y Mediana Empresa Alternativa; Alternative Small and Medium Business Development Entity) is a highly effective and organized MFI whose mission is to improve the living condition of its clients by supporting their entrepreneurial activities, generating employment in the small and micro enterprise sectors, and strengthening the financing for sustainable and profitable businesses in the region. Although based out of Chiclayo, it has an additional 7 rural and 4 urban offices scattered in Northwestern Peru. Primarily focused on individual loans, EA has a loan portfolio of $15,400,000 and nearly 21,000 active borrowers.

In addition to issuing financial products like loans EDPYME Alternativa also provides the following services for its clients: bi-yearly medical checkups, agricultural capacitation workshops, technology training workshops, and sales workshops.

And to maintain their presence in the community EA also holds an annual “Chocolatá” where they give out chocolate and presents to the children of their least fortunate clients and clothing to the adults. Additionally, they collect clothing and supplies for clients who are the victims of natural disasters such as the cold snaps, heat waves and earthquakes common to this region.

EDPYME Alternativa truly seeks to empower and enfranchise its clients so that they can achieve their goals and make a better life for themselves and their families.

For more information on EDPYME Alternative please see the following sites:

Mix Profile – EDPYME Alternativa

Home Page – EDPYME Alternativa