Martine is in her sixties and married. She is applying for a loan to help her husband, Mehill, who has been offering transportation and electrical services to their community for the past 20 years.
Through this activity, they have been able to build a better life. “It’s not only about money, but about the satisfaction I get from serving people,” Mehill said. “Every day, I follow the same routine, yet I never get bored of it,” he continued saying.
The loan Martine requests is for ALL 100,000 (Albanian Lek). This would be her second loan, the previous one being paid off on-time. This loan will be used to make repairs to the taxi and to purchase electrical parts. Both Martine and Mehill have been photographed here.
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.