This is Shefqet, who is being photographed with his favorite cow according to him. Not only has he been practicing his agriculture/livestock activity for the past fifteen something years, but he has also utilized his skills in beekeeping and is considered “the master beekeeper” in the region of his residence.
Shefqet is a 57-year-old married man and has two children who attend high school. He lives in rural central Albania where the roads are very bad and make it hard on farmers to come down to the market to sell what they produce, whether veggies or dairy.
Shefqet wants to buy a dairy cow now with the lenders help.
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.