A loan of 100,000 ALL will help Bukurije to pay for her husband’s operation. This will be her first time requesting a loan. "If my husband had no health problem, I believe I would have never asked for a loan,” Bukurije says. She is in her early sixties and has five children. They live in a village in north eastern Albania where she has been making and selling dairy products from her cows. She has been making delicious cheese, cottage cheese and salty butter. Even though her younger son with his family live in Italy and offered to help financially, she did not accept it because she wanted to pay for the operation herself.
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.