Bardhe is 45 years old and lives in the northern Albania with her seven children and husband. Five of her children are still attending school.
Bardhe has been in the animal husbandry business for the past six years. She has been selling dairy products and also baby animals, including calves and piglets, in the local market of a little nearby town. The money she generates through this activity is the only source of income for the family. “I get help from my husband because going alone in this type of activity is tiresome," said Bardhe.
She is requesting a loan now to plant fodder to feed her animals. The amount she is looking for is 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.