Dila wants to buy ten sheep that will be an addition to her existing herd.
Dila, who resides in the suburbs of a little town in the rural north, is in her sixties and married. She has seven children, all grownups now. For almost twenty-something years, she has been practicing a livestock business that has been the only source of income for her large-sized family.
“I raised all my children with the income I earned from this activity that I wouldn’t have otherwise. My children have been helping me, too, since we still all live together. This type of industry needs many hands, and this is the beauty of living and working together,” Dila said, all happy.
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.