Silvana is a 25-year-old married mother of three little children, with the youngest being only four months old. Silvana is photographed here with her oldest child. Throughout her interview with one of the loan officers from VisionFund Albania, she did not stop for one second showing her love for her children and the happiness she got from them.
Silvana lives with her husband and in-laws according to northern Albanian traditions and they run a service business together as well. They have been operating a barber shop for a long time and their clientele has been growing steadily.
Silvana is requesting a loan to purchase electrical appliances for her new home.
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.