Lizana is in her early forties and is married with two school-aged children. Her family immigrated to Greece fifteen years ago, yet recently came back to their native village due to the economic crises that the neighboring country has been going through the last few years.
Upon their arrival, they opened a variety store and have been operating it since. The profit that she has been making has been satisfactory, according to her. She plans to expand the business in the future by reaching out to new clientele in order to earn enough income to educate her children.
Lizana is now requesting a Kiva loan through VisionFund Albania to stock up on inventory items.
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.