Bukuri is a 42-year-old married lady with five school-aged children who lives in a village in south-central Albania.
This is the second loan for Bukuri; the first one, which has been paid off already, was used to establish a greenhouse business that she has been operating for five years. She produces fruit tree seedlings and sells them to locals.
The loan of 150,000 Albanian Lek that she is requesting this time will be used to expand the greenhouse. This will increase the sales of the seedlings and her income. "Being the only one to support all my family financially is not easy. I work very hard from morning till night at the business, and then look after my kids who are all young. That’s all my life…,” Bukuri said.
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.