Mare is a 53-year-old villager and a mother of seven school-aged children, six girls and a boy. Pictured is her goat herd. She started goat-keeping about four years ago, and she has loved it. “Where I come from, the Alps of Albania, almost everyone operates such an activity. It suits the geographical landscape. The difference, though, is in the milk and the homemade cheese because the taste is different,” said Mare.
Mare lived in the Alps before coming down to the current district. She is very happy with the progress of her activity. “It has grown and the demand is growing too,” she said. Mare sells homemade cheese to locals upon prior requests and also sells baby goats. When the babies are born she doesn’t milk the goats for four months because babies can grow very healthy this way, according to Mare.
Mare wants to buy more goats with this loan.
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.