Pashke, age 48, has been in the livestock industry for the past 18 years. She tells us, "Livestock is our source of income and for most people who live in rural areas and we take great care of our animals."
Pashke and her husband have two children, both of whom attend school.
She is requesting a loan because she would like to add another milk cow with a calf to her livestock. She is grateful for your financial help.
Kindly note that Pashke dressed up for the picture because it is the practice of many rural borrowers in this area to do so. Although loan officers tell them that they can be photographed simply in their daily farming clothes, many clients prefer to dress more formally.
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.