Bukurije is 50, married, and has one child who is eighteen years old. Her husband, who worked in the military for years, was recently laid off and there are no other job openings in his field.
Bukurije has been working as a waitress in a nearby restaurant for the past three years. At the same time, she has been selling milk and other dairy products to the locals and the restaurant where she works. She has only one milk cow at the moment and wants to add one more from a good breed to increase the income.
She has no money saved and this is the reason she is requesting a Kiva loan. Bukurije has repaid two other loans that she had requested in the past. She hopes that she will receive financial help from the kind Kiva lenders and wants to thank 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.