Liljana is 45 years old and is married with three children - two of them are attending school. They live in a rural region in northern Albania.
Seven years ago, Liljana started a viticulture business. At the time, she was not sure what to expect. Yet, years later, she is happy with the progress and the income she earns from it considering that she is the only person supporting her family financially. “This is a seasonal business and probably there is some pressure during those busy months, but after that, you are just free to do other things should you wish to,” Liljana said.
Liljana sells grapes to the stores and makes wine that she sells to the locals. She is requesting a loan of 90,000 Albanian Lek to do some work on her vineyards.
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.