Marte is a 43-year-old villager who lives in northern Albania. She has three children who go to school.
These past days, people in the region where she resides have been challenged by heavy rains and flooding, and so has she. Five years ago, she started an animal husbandry business that has increased steadily, thanks to her hard work and the ability to communicate with locals. Marte has cows, goats and pigs and she sells their products.
Marte is applying for a loan from VisionFund Albania to build a brand new stable for her animals, so they stay warm during this cold winter and also are separate from one another. This loan would be the second for her.
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.