Dave is fifty years old and lives in a rural village in northeast Albania. She has seven children ranging in age from 12 to 30 years old; the two youngest are girls, whom she wants to educate because they are good students. Before moving to their current location, they all lived in a very rural area that they say was not prosperous because of the effect of geographical conditions on their living and activities.
For the past eleven years in their new location, they have had better opportunities, and they have been enjoying it so far. Dave has been engaged in livestock, which has proved to be profitable. She wants to repair their stable with the loan of 100,000 Albanian lek (ALL) that she’s requesting from Kiva.
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.