Altin is a 27-year-old man from southern part of Albania who worked in Greece until recently. He is married, has a one-year-old daughter, and is expecting another daughter soon; when he found out Altin could not hide his excitement.
His family, meaning his parents, owns land where they planted for ten full years. They received a good income from it; however, Altin has decided to turn it into a more fruitful investment. This year he has already planted fruit trees, veggies, potatoes, grains, crops for the animals, etc.
Altin is positive that his hard work will pay off at the end, yet, all what he needs at the moment is a loan of 80,000 Albanian Lek to buy some organic fertilizers for the seedlings.
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.