Dila, 52, is married with two children, one of them still in school and the other born disabled. Looking after him has been a full-time job for her. She never worked until five years ago when she started selling cement and lime from her home.
The need for items she sells in her town has been high ever since she started because construction has been growing with the relocation of families from the rural areas.
Dila wants to buy more items to resell and this is the reason she is requesting a loan from VisionFund Albania. With the profit, she plans on improving the living conditions for her children and especially for her disabled child.
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.