Ylber is in his early 60’s and loves what he does. He owns some land where he has tends to his apple orchards; he has been in this business for about ten years, harvesting and selling apple to wholesalers. The region where he resides is known for the largest quantities of the yummiest apples produce with their very own trade name.
Ylber has had his two sons work together. He may expand their activity in the near future, but for now he is requesting a loan from Kiva lenders to buy pesticides. This will be his third loan with the previous ones being paid off.
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.