Nexhmije is requesting this loan, which will be the second one for her, to buy pesticides for her planted veggies and corn seeds to plant. All the plants you see around her in the photograph are where she plants. In the photo she’s wearing an apron, and this is sort of a tradition in southeastern Albania where she lives.
She plants different kinds of veggies and sells them to locals, but she sells corn in quantity to wholesalers. "Sometimes the weather is too hot or too cold which destroys the plants; but anyway, nothing we can do,” Nexhmije said, smiling. She is married and has three children in their early twenty’s.
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.