Trendelina is married and has two children in their late twenties. All her family lives in the hill and mountain terrain of the southeastern part of Albania, where the land surfaces are characterized by roughness and strong relief. While the main activity for the majority of the people is planting crops for animal and human consumption, other activities such as livestock and wholesale remain a good source of income for a minority. However, it's very rare for people in this region to be in aqua farming, as Trendelina is.
About five years back, she requested loans from VisionFund Albania. Upon receiving three of them, one at a time, she started to make plans on how to build the farm, including preparing the land, building the dripping system, cultivating the trout fish, and of course finding the right clientele. So far the business has been profitable, and her clientele has been growing. Her major clients are the restaurants in the city.
This time Trendelina is applying for another loan to repair the fish cages and nets. For this matter, she is seeking Kiva lenders’ appreciation.
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.