Gazmir is a 28-year-old single man from southeastern Albania. He holds an undergraduate degree, yet he has decided to run his own activity in agriculture
During his interview, Gazmir says, “Even though I went to university, I knew what I wanted to do besides education. Being raised in a village, I had enjoyed all the goods up to that moment, so continuing on the same route as my parents and like so many other people with a farming upbringing, would be a joy for me; and so far, no regrets. For four years now, I have been selling raw milk and other agricultural produce and I plan on continuing the same activity.”
Gazmir wants to stock up on animals’ fodder for the winter with the loan he is requesting.
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.