Drande is 57 and still grieving after one of her sons died in a car accident. “I will be grieving forever. It’s been very painful for me to go over all the images of that accident and the memories of his kindness towards me. This is the watch that he gave me for my birthday before his fatal accident, and I wear the watch all the time,” Drande said, showing the watch and wiping away her tears with her white headscarf. Her uniform represents a grieving one in her region.
Drande has only one grownup child at the moment. For thirteen years, she has been selling milk and baby calves to the locals and with this loan she wants to build a stable for the animals.
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.