Pashke has been running her own livestock activity for the past twenty years. She told the loan officer who interviewed her,
“I love animals and everything I do for them, it gives me an enjoyment. I start my day with them and end my day with them. Petting them, it soothes me and brings a smile on my face.”
Pashke wants to repair the stable you see in the photograph. “The winters are very cold in our region and so are harsh on people and animals also. I need to make repairs before winter starts,” said Pashke.
Pashke is an widowed mother who lives in the rural northern 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.