Dava, a hardworking lady who is in her early sixties, is requesting a loan to rebuild the stable you see in the background.
“The existing stable is not safe any more. In our region is very cold,” she said to the loan officer while giving some corn seeds to the chickens. “I feel is about time to build a new one. The winter is starting soon, and I want to have it built before that,” continued Dava.
Dava has been running her livestock activity like almost everyone in the rural area. Mostly she sells raw milk to the local market. Sometimes there is more milk produced, and she then makes cheese and sells it in a nearby city.
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.