Tine is a 52-year-old mother of three independent children who lives in northeast Albania. Her husband, who worked in a quarry for years, has been paralyzed for some time now; thus, Tine has been doing everything with respect to their home and their business. She has been doing agricultural activities for the past eighteen years.
Tine owns an olive plantation and sells olives to make pickles and also produces olive oil. She now wants to build a fence around her plantation and to achieve this she needs a Kiva loan. She has requested a loan of 150,000 Albanian leks (ALL) and hopes that with lenders’ help she will be able to finish building the fence before harvesting time.
Tine’s goals include expanding her business and building a new house.
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.