Arjana is requesting, for the first time, a loan of 200,000 Albanian Lek, to build a stable for her animals and wants to thank all Kiva lenders in advance for their financial help.
Arjana is a 28-year-old married mother of a 7-year-old, school-aged boy and lives in northern Albania. For almost six years, she has been in the dairy/livestock business and the last two and a half years, she has been experiencing tremendous growth.
“My clients have been making positive comments about the cheese I make, and this has made possible the growth of my clientele and an increase in income also. It cheers me up,” said Arjana with beaming eyes.
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.