Fiqiri is a hard-working 55-year-old man who has been selling cherries and pears for the past ten years to wholesale buyers. He is married and the father of five children. For all these past years, he worked in Greece in the agricultural sector, while his wife was left behind to take care of the children, other family responsibilities, and the pear and cherry orchard they started ten years ago.
The business is doing well and Fiqiri is expecting an increase in production.
For now though, he needs a loan of 150,000 Albanian Lek (ALL) to build a fence around the plantation to avoid any damage that animals might cause to the fruit trees.
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.