Gentiana is a 34-year-old married mother of three daughters, 15, 8 and 2 years old. She lives with her husband and children in northwest Albania. The main hardship Gentiana faced was that she married a Catholic man and people in her village did not want her there anymore. This caused them to move to a new location five years ago where inter-religious marriages where embraced and not judged.
While the relocation was not at all easy for them, starting an Internet café business in the new location made the move worthwhile. Over the past three years, the business has been going well and she plans on expanding it in the near future by bringing in the latest high-definition computers.
For the moment, Gentiana is requesting her first loan to add more and different inventory items for her business, knowing that this will generate more income.
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.