Nadire is photographed here with her husband, Skender, and their only little grandchild. They are in their late 50s and parents to six children; all of their family resides in the northeastern part of the country.
Nadire and Skender have been in the livestock business for five years now; they started this type of activity in an attempt to put some money aside for their pension. Here in Albania for villagers, unfortunately, pension is only $80/month; this amount of money is enough to cover only one medical prescription. Now you imagine how elders in the villages live. Some of them get help from their children, some do not and these elders' later years are the harshest.
Nadire is seeking your generosity to help her buy a milk cow.
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.