Pashke is in her forties and has three school-aged children. She was raised in a family that was persecuted by the regime, and she was 22 years old when things changed in Albania with the collapse of communism. Yet, for many of these people who were raised and lived under such circumstances, it became very difficult to integrate back into society.
Pashke left her village and went to a different district, searching for a better life. There, six years back, she opened a variety store and has been operating it ever since. Her store is the only one in the village, and the profit is not bad, she claims.
Pashke wants now to buy a large amount of inventory items for her store and hopes that she will get some financial support from lenders. Her promise to them is that she will pay back the loan.
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.