Duhije, this 53-year-old married mother of three, lives in the suburbia of a little town in the northern part of the country. All of her children continue in school.
Duhije is requesting a loan of 200,000 Albanian Lek for the first time to stock up on clothing inventory items.
She has been in the buying-selling business for the past almost ten years, and the income she has been generating has been good according to her. Duhije’s clients are residents of a nearby town. In addition to this activity, she has been making handmade embroideries and selling them to gift stores.
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.