Suzana is 52 and married with three children. She lives in the suburb of a major city where she has been operating a little variety store for the past 10 or so years.
This is Suzana’s first loan and she will use it to stock up on inventory. She had been able to save some money to invest on her business she said; yet, something urgent came up and now she is obliged to apply for a loan. She is very happy actually that she is eligible to ask Kiva’s lenders for their support.
She is the only one to provide for their family financially, of which she is proud.
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.