Dila lives in a very rural village in the northern part of the country where other people there are mostly focused on livestock because the terrain helps this type of activity. Yet, Dila has chosen another way of making a living, that of agriculture, in addition to livestock. She started planting olive trees some twelve years back and this is where her focus has been throughout these years.
“I sell olives to locals who want to pickle them or make olive oil and I also sell homemade dairy products and raw milk. This way I keep myself busy everyday and all day," she said laughing.
Dila is in her fifties, married and has two children. She is requesting a loan through lenders in order to build a fence around the olive plantation.
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.