Mark is 48 years old and the married father of five school-aged children. For the past ten years, he has been a welder, serving the residents of a little town and surrounding villages in northern Albania. “I am content with my business growth and the income I earn from it. I’m also happy to serve anyone who needs my help. Sometimes though, some elders or others in our region are extremely poor, so I do things for free for them and this makes me very happy,” Mark said.
Mark is requesting a 100,000 ALL loan from VisionFund Albania to buy welding supplies and tools. This is his second loan and he repaid his previous loan on time.
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.