Gazment has been running his agricultural business for about 10 years. He plants, harvests and sells his fresh produce with the vehicle that he’s been photographed with. He wants to buy potato seeds with the loan that he is requesting.
“Having your own transportation van makes it so much easier; you can go to cities any time to sell your products. Otherwise you would wait for wholesale buyers and see this as not a very reliable source. Sometimes, while villagers wait for those buyers to come, their products get rotten altogether,” said Gazment. Gazment is 35 years old and has three young children; the oldest is 12 and the youngest is 2. They live in southeastern Albania and their region is known for the best potatoes.
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.