Age, a 54-year-old married mother of two children, 25 and 17 years old, has been the sole financial supporter of her family for a very long time, because her husband is disabled and cannot work.
Some seventeen years ago, Age started her goat husbandry business, which in the first years produced hardships in almost every direction -- financial and physical depletion. As time passed and she became better at it, this activity picked up, and since then it hasn’t slowed at all. Her goat husbandry business has been the only source of income for her family.
Age is applying for a loan at this time, to build a barn and shelter for her goats, so they will sleep warmly in the winter. Note here, that winters in the northern district of Albania are extremely bitter and snowy, and consequently hundreds of animals would if they were not sheltered well.
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.