Edrion is 33 years, married with two little children and is the sole financial provider for their family that lives in Southeastern Albania. He works for pay at a local bakery as a bread maker and also owns some agricultural land where Edrion has planted plum orchards and grapevines.
He earns an income by selling fruits, whether plums or grapes, to store owners for sale and locals for the homemade delicious traditional drink production of “raki”. He has done this since 2001.
Edrion is requesting a Kiva loan now, which he will use to buy organic products for preventing and destroying any pests in his plum orchards. This loan will allow him to increase plum production and income, and to set aside some savings for their family.
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.