Muazez is applying for a loan from VisionFund Albania for the third time to repair the agricultural tractor that her husband owns. Yet this is somehow different, because her profile will be published on Kiva for lenders support, and she expressed her gratitude already.
Muazez has been residing in a village in rural Southeastern Albania forever according to her. “All that I have been doing is agriculture, and I do it well,” she said laughing. “I am in my early sixties now and, together with my husband, (note: you can see him in this picture) plant in large quantities onions. Our region is known for our dried red onion produce and also apples. We have apple orchard plantations as well. Whether apples or onions, we sell them to wholesalers. Sometimes the production is huge, and we end up not selling it. So, it goes rotten, very unfortunately,” Muazez ended.
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.