Bardhe, whose name in English means white, is a 50-year-old mother of six children. She is a villager from the rural north, and the way she’s dressed up shows just that. People from this region are easily distinguished in Albania due to their traditional wear, usually with half of their head covered and their hair in braiding.
Bardhe has been photographed in front of the brand new store she just finished building a few months back, yet she was lacking money to stock it with inventory items that she plans to sell. Thus, she preferred to have the picture taken outside the store because she did not like the emptiness inside. “It will be like a grocery store where I can sell some toiletries,” said Bardhe.
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.