This is Qani, a rural villager living in southeastern Albania. Qani is 47. He is married and has four school-aged children.
For the past ten years, Qani has been operating a little village bar-restaurant. Prior to this, he worked in Greece. “This is not a restaurant someone would expect; it’s something poor serving the poorest in my village. That is. Usually I serve grilled meat and homemade fries and some dairy like cheese or cottage cheese and Raki, the traditional Albanian drink made of fruits, such as grapes, blueberries, plums etc.” said Qani during his interview.
He wants to add some inventory items needed in his business and this loan will help him achieve his goal.
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.