Bardhe, who is 36 years old, is married and has two children who are 4 and 9 years old. She and her family live in the northwest of Albania. Bardhe is the only one to support her family financially through her livestock business that she has been operating it for the past ten years. She has been selling dairy products and baby animals to local markets.
In an effort to expand her business and buy more animals, Bardhe wants to start by repairing the stable first and then expand it. She needs money for the repairs and she is requesting this loan to do just that. The loan is a small amount, 50,000 Albanian Lek, and Bardhe hopes that through lenders she will be able to collect the loan and start repairing the stable as soon as possible.
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.