Griselda is a 24-year-old single woman, who has been running her own hair salon for the past two years. She grew up in Greece and about four years ago her family including her came back to reside in their native village. Right way, she went to study at the Academy of Estheticians in the capital city of Albania for the profession of esthetician and hairdressing.
“I take pleasure of helping others enjoy their life and this is why I chose this field. I also like to work independently, and running my own salon has given me that opportunity.” Griselda said.
Even though she has been operating the salon for almost two years, she is happy with the income, she expressed. Now she needs a loan to buy some items needed in her profession.
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.