Majlinda, who lives in northern Albania with her immediate family, is 45 years old and has five children, from age 12 to 18. They all go to school. She has been working in a bakery for almost 22 years. Some 13 years ago, she started operating an animal husbandry activity, which has become an additional income source for her family of seven.
Majlinda works very hard to maintain both her animal husbandry business and her bakery job; she gets some help from her husband, who takes the milk to the local market of a little town.
She needs to repair a damaged stable, and this is the reason why she is requesting a second loan. The previous one has been repaid.
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.