Gurije is in her early fifties and has three children, ranging from 20 to 23 years of age. All of them are attending university. Gurije’s husband has been a paraplegic for almost 20 years and has been suffering from severe depression ever since his accident. This leaves her as the only provider at home.
Two years ago she started her own business in planted grape vines and has been doing well at selling grapes and also making wine to sell. Gurije is seeing a growth in her activity and that has given her a boost when she needed it.
She wants to expand her activity and renovate the old home, but now she needs a loan to build tent vines and for this she is requesting a loan of 200,000 Albanian Lek.
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.