This is Dila, dressed as always in her northern traditional wear. You will find the majority of women past their 40’s dressed this way in the rural north. Dila is in her early sixties and married with grownup children. Before arriving at her current location, she had resided in the very deep rural area of Albania.
“I have been taking care of dairy animals for a very long time, let’s say forever. I sell fresh milk and make cheese and yogurt at home, but all I sell is milk and cheese because everyone in Albania makes their own yogurt at home,” she said.
“I want to expand the stable you see here and this loan will help me achieve this,“ Dila said, showing the building in the background of the picture.
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.