Anton lives with his four children and his wife in a village in the northern part of Albania. He has been running a wholesale distribution type of activity for seven years. He buys mostly vegetables, grains and fruits in nearby villages and sells them to stores.
“I have been able to establish a good clientele who I can sell to. As for buying the items, it’s not really a headache because villagers have plenty of produce and they can’t wait to sell it. What I found difficult in the beginning was to find buyers, because there were so many others like me who approached them,” said Anton.
Anton is requesting this loan to buy inventory items to sell.
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.