Dave was widowed long ago. She is forty-five years old and has four children who are 23, 20, 19 and 18 years old. They all live in the suburbs of a little town in northern Albania.
“With my husband passing away, my life became extremely difficult. We were poor when he was alive, yet, following his death we became poorer. The youngest one, the 18-year-old now, was 2 years old then. Years later, I decided to add some dairy cows, believing that the extra milk would give me a little bit of extra income, and it did. I was finally able to feed my four kids and educate them,” Dave said.
Dave now wants to build a stable for her animals and requests a loan of 100,000 Albanian Lek.
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.