David, a hardworking villager who lives in Albania, is in his early sixties and married. For fifteen years now, he has owned his own land where he has mainly grapevines.
“I love this activity; I am very passionate about it, and you find me here all day,” he says laughing. “I believe that my passion has been reflecting on the outcome: the income I have been making,” David says.
“I take care of the trees and sell grapes to villagers and other store owners, or individuals who want to make wine. Now, with the loan I am requesting from Kiva, I want to buy grapevine pillars and build an irrigation system,” David continues saying.
He would be very grateful for any financial support that lenders can provide him.
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.