Marlind is 34 years old and married. Not long ago, his father passed away and he had been grieving ever since. However, the birth of his little girl just three weeks ago has filled him with some joy and lifted his spirits a bit.
Marlind has been in the livestock industry for the past three years, selling milk to a dairy farm in a neighboring village. According to Marlind, the business has been going well. He is now planning to take advantage of the reduced price for a cow that his neighbor, who is going to Italy soon, is selling.
Marlind feels that he has to grow his business because he is the only one financially supporting his mother, wife, and child. He is convinced that he cannot do this without the support of Kiva lenders. His promise to lenders is that he will pay back the loan on time and in full.
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.