Mrike is a sixty-four-year old woman from northern Albania. She is married and has four children, all grown-ups. Livestock is the main activity for residents of her region and this includes Mrike. For the past nine years she has been selling dairy and baby calves and practicing animal husbandry of cows, pigs and chickens.
Two months ago, Mrike’s cow unfortunately died and she wants to replace it now with another milk cow with a calf, if possible. This is the reason she is applying for a Kiva loan, hoping that she will find some understanding and financial support from lenders.
She is being told that others in similar cases have received tremendous help from lenders from around the world and she remains optimistic that she will receive the same.
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.