Antoneta is a 27-year-old mother of two children, aged eight and four years old. They all live in the northern Albania. Her husband has been working in the neighborhood country, in Greece for all these past years; thus, she has been managing to raise the children all on her own and run her business as well.
Antoneta owns an olive plantation and has had for the past five years. She started very small in the beginning with a few plants and she kept adding more to the number. She is at the point where she is happy with the progress and the benefit as well.
Antoneta is requesting a loan of 100,000 Albanian Lek to build a fence around the olive plantation in order to protect it against damage from animals or bystanders too.
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.