Marie is in her early fifties, is married and has five children. Her oldest child, a son, lived in Greece for a short period of time until recently when he joined his mother in the business which they both plan to expand. They all live in the north-eastern part of the country.
For the past 12 years, Marie has been selling dairy products and baby calves to locals and the dairy market. Throughout the years, she has experienced a growth in the business and in the clientele.
Marie now wants to expand the animal stable in hope that all the animals she currently has and those she plans to soon add would all fit nicely in it. This is why she is requesting a loan this time. Her previous three loans from the same institution, the VFA, have all been repaid in full.
Marie wants to deliver special thanks to all Kiva lenders for their potential support.
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.