Vitore is married, and has four children who are all in school. She lives in a town in northern Albania, and has been running a bakery for the past eight years. Her clients, the residents of the city where she sells the breads, are content with her products because she doesn’t use yeast; she uses homemade dough instead.
“I am the only one providing an income for my family, and this makes me proud of myself. My husband helps me in the business, as well. I haven’t hired anyone to help me in producing or selling the breads, thus, I very much appreciate my husband’s help,” Vitore said.
The loan she is requesting will help her buy wheat flour.
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.