Bukurije is forty one years old and married. She has three children with all of them attending school. Before coming to the current location, a little town in the central eastern part of Albania, her family resided in a very rural area where they experienced difficulties in almost every aspect of living.
For the past twelve years or so, Bukurije has been selling dairy to the local market. Throughout the years she has been able to establish a good clientele thanks to her personable nature, attitude towards work and care for animals. She wants to expand her business and buy five more milk cows, yet the loan she is requesting now is for something else, to stock up on fodder for the animals. At the same time her oldest son has been accepted to university and she needs to pay the tuition fees for him as well.
Bukurije finds herself struggling at the moment, because she doesn’t have saved money for any of the obligations; yet, she believes that if she was given the loan for the purpose requested, the stress that it was causing her lately, would ease up the way she feels.
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.