Fiqirete is thirty-six-years-old, married, and has three children. Her children range from four to thirteen years, and her oldest child, her daughter, was born with cerebral palsy. Fiqirete has been in the livestock business for these past years. She owns goats and makes delicious and healthy goat cheese and says that the profit has been good so far. Yet, she spends considerable amounts of money to accommodate their daughter’s special needs. Note here that the other two children are at a very young age as well, and the middle one needs to be sent to school this coming September.
This is Fiqirete’s first time applying for a loan. She plans to add more goats to the existing ones, hoping to increase her income in order to support her family better. She is the only moneymaker in her family of five. People who referred her to our institution said that she is a very responsible and a hard-working person. She never stops working, to generate income; accommodate her daughter; take care of the younger ones, the garden, the goats; and so on.
Fiqirete is very grateful to the Kiva lenders and VisionFund Albania.
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.