Merita, this 35-year-old lady, is married and has three young children who are 12, 8 and 4 years old. They live in a little coastal village in northeastern Albania.
In addition to looking after her young children, she has been buying fruits and veggies from people in her village and selling them in some town markets. “It is not that I earn a big income from this activity maybe, but it is something; and it is some sort of help for people of my village as well. So, it works both ways,” Merita said.
Merita is requesting a loan of 150,000 Albanian Lek to buy more inventories to sell.
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.