Mirash is a 59-year-old villager living in northern Albania, and he is married with three grownup children.
Mirash has been operating his agriculture and livestock business for twenty-two years, and according to him, he has been enjoying it. All of their family, including the children and his wife, are involved in this activity. “Going all alone it can be extremely tiresome. So, everyone needs to pitch in to make it easier.”, Mirash said. “We have been selling milk, baby animals and fresh agricultural produce, such as veggies and grains mostly, and through such sales we have been earning a good income", he continued.
The loan that Mirash is requesting from Kiva lenders will be used for agriculture: preparing the land for planting, and buying seeds and fertilizers, etc.
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.