Antoneta is 26 years old, married, and has one child. She operates a pastry/bakery shop, which she has been doing for four years, in a little town in northern Albania where the tomb of the national hero Skanderbeg is located. The town is frequented by foreign visitors all seasons who visit the museum and Antoneta’s shop is busy. There are only a few shops of this kind in the town and Antoneta's shop is almost next to the tomb and visible.
Antoneta is requesting a loan, which she will use to buy inventory items for her shop.
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.