Marie was widowed some time back. Two out of her four children are still attending school; one of them goes to university, and the other one is finishing high school this academic year.
She was brought up in a beautiful picturesque village until she reached 18. This village that is located in northern Albania has been frequented during these past twenty-something years of liberation from the communist leadership by thousands of foreign visitors every year. However, for all these years, Marie has been living in a town where she’s been operating her dental laboratory.
Marie is now requesting a loan through Kiva lenders to purchase some lab equipment. This will be her first loan altogether, and she hopes that lenders will consider lending to her.
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.