Marjana is requesting a loan to buy potato and onion seeds for planting. She has already started to prepare the soil.
Marjana is a 42-year-old married mother of three children; 22, 15 and 9 years old who each attend school. They live in southern Albania and Marjana’s main activity for the past five years has been in the agriculture sector.
Their region is famous in Albania for producing the best potatoes, onions and dried beans. Almost every household’s focus is on this seasonal agricultural activity, since it has proved to be profitable. These products are bought by wholesalers and then exported to nearby countries.
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.