Prena is a northern villager in her sixties who has eight children in total; none of them are currently in school. For almost eleven years now she has been raising livestock and is happy. “That’s the only thing I know how to do well,” Prena said. “I like the daily routine from morning till late evening; milking the cows, cleaning up the stable, feeding them, taking the milk to the local market; making cheese/ ricotta cheese and butter; all of these are organic. And this is what keeps me strong and makes me do more,” she continued saying.
Prena is requesting a third loan of 100,000 Albanian Lek to repair a stable; the previous loans have been repaid in full. She remains positive that lenders will show their generosity by lending to her.
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.