Leze is married with two children. Her younger one is attending the national university and she pays for his education. Her family has been living in the same village for three generations.
Leze has been in the retail business for over 20 years. She is grateful that with the first loan from VFA she was able to open up a small grocery store selling just a few food items. What makes her business successful is that her store is the only one in the village; the majority of her customers purchase items on credit and she has established and nurtured a good relationship with her clientele.
Leze is requesting a loan to purchase a larger inventory of food and toiletries items and expand her store.This will enable her to provide customers with a wider variety of grocery items. Records show that she has borrowed in the past from VFA and repaid her loan in full and on time.
About VisionFund Albania
VisionFund Albania is a micro-finance subsidiary of child hunger nonprofit World Vision International. Striving to improve child welfare, the organization offers a variety of loan products designed for rural, traditionally underserved clients and their families. These products include agriculture, business and household improvement loans, as well as "integration loans" targeted to help the poorest, most vulnerable Albanian households acquire value chain resources.
While VFA is focused on the empowerment of the poor overall, it pays special attention to women. About 60% of loans to entrepreneurs on Kiva go to women.