Koxhe is a 54-year-old married father of nine children, the eldest is 30 and the youngest is 13, with some still attending school. Koxhe has been in the animal husbandry business for 20 some years and through this activity, he has been able to raise his children, according to him. “I have my wife and my unmarried oldest children who help me, basically we are all together in this practice, otherwise, it would be exhausting going alone,” he said smiling.
Koxhe is at the point now where he wants to expand this business by adding some more dairy cows and calves. To achieve this, he needs 200,000 Albanian Lek. “This is not my first time getting a loan from the institution, it’s the fifth, so I have proved myself to be a responsible person;” he said sounding like he was confirming it with himself.
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.