Burbuqe has been running a local bar-café in her village for almost six years now and she is requesting a loan at the moment to buy inventory items for this store.
“This is not my first loan, it is my eighth, but I have paid off the previous ones. The thing is that I find loans very handy, while it is very difficult, most of the time, to save some for the rainy days. We also operate some agricultural activities and we generate something from there too. I am planning to add a bit more to this store, to offer some basic traditional food to serve, but let’s see,” said Burbuqe.
Burbuqe is a married mother of a 19-year-old child who continues studies at a public university.
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.