Lefterije is 52 and has six children with some of them still attending public school. This will be her third time applying for a loan and she will use it to stock up on inventory items for the store that she has been operating for two years.
“It has been going good so far, thanks God,” she said. “We live in a rural village and the store is located here, so the sales and income are somehow limited, but still we’re doing just fine. In addition to this, we have some other agricultural activities going on. Living in a village, agriculture is the most preferred type of activity for almost everyone, because we got the land to use it and also the geographical locations supports livestock. So in a way we see this as a blessing,” she 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.