Zef is in his late fifties, married and a father of three children ranging from thirty to twenty years of age. For the past sixteen years, he has been in the poultry business, raising turkeys. "The main hardship in the beginning in this type of business, " he says, "was that Albanians were not very aware of the benefits of white lean meats. The difficulties of expanding this business and not being able to make a good profit out of it, went on for some years. But I was persistent because I just loved it; and I am glad I did. "
Note here that lately, things have changed in Albania and people take more care of their health compared to before and of course, they try to eat lean and use products from their own country most of the time.
Zef is requesting a loan to use it for buying feed for turkeys because the demand for what he offers has grown rapidly the last years. He also plans to buy 200-300 baby turkeys.
Zef has been an excellent VF Albania client for some time now. He has been able to establish a large clientele and has successfully paid off the previous loans.
He is seeking your help in this matter.
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.