Arben is being photographed with this cute newborn baby lamb, in front of his animals’ stable :)
He is requesting a loan to buy food for his animals.
Arben is a 42-year-old hard-working man who is married and has two school-aged children; fourteen and ten years old. They live in the suburbs of a little town, in the southeastern part of the country. Livestock is something that Arben has enjoyed doing so far and according to him, has proved to be a profitable practice.
Milk is not the only product Arben has been selling on the local market; he’s been making and selling organic cheese and salted/unsalted butter as well. “I have different kinds of animals, but sheep are the ones I favor the most, because I find it easier to manage them compared to goats, pigs and cows,” Arben said with a smile.
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.