Etleva is 35 years old and married with two children who are 14 and 9 years old. She is from a small village in northeastern Albania. Her main economic activity for the past five years has been looking after a vineyard full-time. She completes all the relevant seasonal work to insure a good harvest. The harvested produce is sold to store owners and other local customers who purchase grapes to make a special traditional drink called “raki” as well as wine. Etleva works hard to maintain some savings and expand her agricultural business.
She has requested a loan of 200,000 ALL from VisionFund Albania in order to build an irrigation system. This investment will increase grape production as well as her income. Etleva plans to reinvest in her vineyard to expand it and make it more profitable. With the increased profit, Etleva will improve her family’s living conditions.
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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.