Malie is a mother of five children who is requesting a loan for the first time to build an irrigation system. She and her family live in a rural village in the south-central part of the country where she operates an agricultural type of family business; she has been photographed inside the plantation of plums.
She grows delicious plums and sells them to wholesale buyers. “At first, I planted orchards and later on, I added some more of them. The sales of my fresh produce have been going very well since the third year after the establishment, and I have no complaints. The fruits that aren’t sold at the end of the season, I dry them in the sun and sell them dried. Either way the market is good” Malie said smiling.
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.