As you can see in the photograph, Nashiferije has been operating a variety type of store for the past three years. She sells various items and serves little snacks and coffees. Her plans for the future are to expand the services by running a larger store, but for now she is only looking to buy some items for her inventory.
"The activity has not been that bad and I have enjoyed my work, but it can be better," Nashiferije said.
Nashiferije is married and has two school-aged children. They live in a small town in the south-central part of the country. In the past she has worked with Social Assistance projects offering meals to the poor.
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.