The Painter

Elsa Alvarez paints and sells Escuela Cuzqueña-inspired artwork in Lima’s San Pedro market. Because of a sports-related injury, Elsa walks with a cane; she works with a group of other people with disabilities, helping them learn new skills – like handicrafts and doll-making – and providing members with wheelchairs.

She started saving with Accion partner Credinka because she’d earn more interest there – money that she could put aside in case of an emergency, use to take care of her two children, save to purchase a plot of land, or pay her apprentice to develop her own skills.

Elsa the painter in Peru