Davide, who arrived in her current region from another part of Northern Albania some years ago, is a mother of six children ranging from 11 to 26 years of age. Four of them are still attending school with one of them studying in university; another one is in high school and the other two still in elementary school. She and her family were challenged at first in the new location, however, thanks to VisionFund Albania loans and their hard work, their living condition improved.
Davide's business of over four years has included raising and selling piglets on the local market. At the moment, she still has a sow (female pig) however, it's growing older and its productivity has decreased. This is the reason why Davide wants to invest on two more sows. Her business has been successful so far and with its profit she was able to pay off the two previous loans, raise her children and make some basic renovations to her home.
Now, her plans include expansion of the business and sending the other three children to university.
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.