Frrok is 43 years old and married, with three children, from 14 to 19 years old. They live in the northeast part of the country.
Prior to this location, they lived in the very northern part of Albania, where most of the land is covered by forests. Residents in the region are very passionate about the forest. Many years back, when the forest caught fire, Frrok tried to put it out, and from there, he got serious burns on his body and face.
In the past 12 years, Frrok has been selling timber because he is licensed by the local government to do so. The first four years were not that easy, he says. Yet it became much better in recent years.
He is applying for a loan to buy a new electric logging saw. He hopes that he will get some financial support from lenders.
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.