Gjyste is in her early fifties and married. She has four children, ranging from 20 to 12 years old, all of whom attend school. They are residents of northern Albania, living in a little town.
This is the first time Gjyste requested a loan and she will be using the amount of ALL 100,000 (Albanian Lek) to build a stable for her animals. For almost five years, she has been operating a livestock business that slowly, but steady has been showing its profit.
“She makes delicious cheese,” were some comments from her neighbors. Gjyste sells cheese to the local market of the closest town and sometimes milk, especially during summertime, when the milk production almost doubles.
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.