Ryzhdi wants to buy a dairy cow with this loan, and he will be very appreciative to all Kiva lenders for their financial help. So far his livestock activity of about 20 years has included only goats, but now he wants to add some dairy cows.
“I am growing older and goats need someone who is younger and faster because they run very fast, and in just five minutes you see them up on the mountain. I find myself now not strong enough to run after them,” says Ryzhdi.
Ryzhdi is a father of five children and lives in the south-central part of Albania.
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.