Vitore is in her late 40s and has been successful at her business activity for the last 20 years. She lives in a little village not far from a northern Albanian town. She is married and has four children, with two of whom are still attending school.
This is the second loan for her; she established her agricultural business in viticulture with the first one. With the loan she is requesting now from Kiva lenders, she will invest in a fence around her vineyard.
Vitore has been selling grapes and wine to local markets and has built a steady clientele. Her income is the only one in her family, yet it has been good, and she has been able to provide more than the basics to her children.
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.