Sherife is married and has three children, who are 21, 18 and 16 years old and are still attending schools. They all live in south central Albania. She has been practicing animal husbandry for the past 10 years and has been selling delicious cheese and organic salty and unsalted butter to the local market and milk to dairy farms. These products have been liked by many locals who beg her for more.
Sherife was extremely poor at first, and through VisionFund Albania, she found financial help. She is very grateful to the staff and institution because the five loans she got from them have helped her improve their lives and business.
This time, Sherife is requesting another loan to stock up on winter feed for the animals.
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.