Mrika has been photographed in front of her animal stable and her little family house; a wall separates people from animals. As she was talking and showing us around, she was sighing in despair. “We remain poor despite the fact that we work hard. I’ve got to raise four school-aged children, but anyhow…” She ended the conversation looking away.
Mrika has been in the livestock business for the past fifteen years, raising and taking care of animals and selling fresh dairy produce to the local market of a mid-sized nearby town. “I can’t say that I haven’t made any money. I have secured food for my family through this activity and this is what I am grateful for the most,” she continued saying.
Mrika wants to build a stable that will be a bit farther from the family home.
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.