Marie is 55 years old and married. She has two adult children and she lives with them in the northwest part of the country. For about eight years now, Marie has been selling milk and baby calves to locals and has been able to establish a steady clientele and income. Everyday she milks and feeds the cows and takes the milk to a nearby city.
Marie had previous loans from the same institution that helped her buy the milk cows and she has repaid them in full. Now she is requesting another loan for a different reason. Because the number of cows she owns has increased, she will use this loan to expand the stable.
Marie expressed her deep appreciation of VisionFund Albania and said that without their help, she would never have a life like the one she currently has. Kindly note that, due to the rainy weather, Marie's picture was taken in front of her house rather than at the stable.
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.