Gjeline, a villager in her fifties, has four children, with one of them still attending school. She and her family have been persecuted during the communist era, the leadership of Enver Hoxha and she and others including her family had hard lives, Gjeline said.
This will be her first loan and she is requesting it to buy a milk cow because a couple months back the one she had unfortunately died. She lives in a rural village, very high in the northern mountains.
Her main activity for all these twenty years has been in agriculture/livestock and she’s been selling veggies, grains and also dairy products to the locals.
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.