Alfons, age 31, operates a car washing service to earn an income. He has run his business for the past five years. "I was lucky," he says, "because from the very beginning this service went very well, and I have been developing a steady clientele since then." He adds, "In the near future, probably in a year or so, I plan to open a second service of this kind and hire someone to help me out."
He and his wife have a baby girl and live in a small town in northern Albania.
Alfons is requesting a loan in order to buy a powerful pressurized car-washing machine.
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.