Leke, who is in his early fifties, is married and has four children. They all live in a village in northern Albania. Because of his love for children, eight years ago, he purchased a minivan that he has been using it to take the children to and from school.
“I wake up early in the morning and wait for the children to arrive so that I can drive them to school, including my own. During the summer months that the schools are closed, I use the vehicle to transport other people. However, during the school-time, I only use it for the children,” Leke said.
“Recently, I experienced some problems with the minivan and I am not using it at the moment for safety reasons. This has caused some frustration within the community because parents have no vehicle to take their children to school. It would be very helpful for our community if I can start running the vehicle again,” Leke kept saying.
Leke is requesting a loan to take the school minivan to an auto shop for the needed repairs.
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.