Lihe is 36 years old and married with four children: the oldest is 14 years old and the youngest is 10 months old. She and her family live in the northwest rural part of the country where most of the residents including her are involved in the livestock industry. She has been selling milk and baby calves to the locals for the past eight years, and she says that the profit has been ok, yet not enough to cover extra expenses. With the birth of the baby girl, her daily trips to local market to sell the milk have been presenting a challenge to her because she has to find neighbors to look after the baby until she comes back at no cost.
Anyways, now that the winter is kicking in soon in her region, Lihe feels she should build a stable so that her animals won’t be challenged by the tough weather. This is the reason why she is requesting this loan this time (this is not her first one, it is the fourth, and the previous ones have been repaid).
Lihe appreciates the opportunity she has been given to publish her loan information on Kiva in order to get some financial help through lenders.
More information about this loan
Roma and Egyptian populations living in Albania are considered vulnerable from a socioeconomic perspective and this loan would be used to support them.
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.