Blendi is 34 years old and married with three children, 8 and 5 years old and one month old. It is his first time requesting a loan to add four more beehives to his existing ones. This time of year, he says, “the price of hives is extremely expensive because bees have their own production season. Thus I cannot afford to buy them without getting a loan.”
For the past ten years that he has been in the business of selling organic honey, Blendi has also been going to Greece during summertime for seasonal cherry picking work. However, this year he decided to follow his passion and only do the bee farming since the demand for honey is very high in the country and on foreign markets as well; he was fortunate enough to be contacted by a couple of foreign buyers.
Blendi wants to add four more hives to the current ones and also volunteer at maintaining an Eastern Orthodox Church nearby his house that was built in the thirteen century. He only hopes that his business will do well and that his dreams of being with his family throughout the year and selling more organic honey will be fulfilled.
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.