Prene, a 54-year-old villager, is married and has three children. They all live in the northern part of the country.
Livestock has been Prene's activity for the past ten years and she claims to be content with the income she has been generating from it. Cows have been the only dairy animals she has been taking care of for all that time. Sometimes she sells milk or baby calves, other times, when she has more milk produce, she makes cheese and sells it to the locals.
“It requires hard work, yet, it’s worth it at the end, because it is a steady income for families here in the north, where we practice the most types of activity,” Prene said.
With this loan, Prene wants to build a stable for her animals.
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.