Albert is a 29-year-old married man with three young children. He lives with his family in southern Albania in a rural village where almost everyone is involved the livestock business. For the past 15 years, Albert and his family have raised livestock. They also work as farmers, harvesting fresh and organic veggies, potatoes, onions, and grains that they sell, along with dairy products, in the market of their nearby city and to dairy farms in their region. Albert says, “I am content with the activity and the money I make from it.”
Albert is requesting an 80,000 ALL loan to repair his existing stable and build a hay barn within it.
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.