Gjovalin 45 years old, married, and has seven children, some of whom attend school. His parents live with the family. He is from the northeast of Albania.
For 17 years, Gjovalin has been involved in many agricultural activities including livestock, farming, vineyards, and wineries. He sells grapes. homemade wines, milk, homemade cheese, cottage cheese, butter, baby calves, and piglets. Through his multiple activities, he has been able to feed his family of 11.
Gjovalin is requesting a loan from VisionFund Albania, which he will use to build a stable for the animals.
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.