Frane wants to expand her existing animals’ stable with this loan. Agriculture has been the only type of activity for her for the past 23 years. She has been able to generate an okay income for her family by selling the fresh produce and raw milk to the locals.
“Being the only one to generate an income for the family adds lots of stress on someone, but thank God that I have had my husband who has been supporting me; he has been taking the milk to the nearby market, taking the cows out sometimes, etc., but he is not the early riser like me to wake up at 4am each and every morning. Agriculture/livestock is an activity that requires both husband and wife otherwise…,” Frane said smiling.
“We lived in the most rural north before we came to this current location. As you can see, it is all new houses built here and majority of us come from the same region,” Frane continued saying.
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.