Mrika is building a new bar and café venue and she is photographed there. She had one up until now that she had operated for the past seven years, but now was about time to build a new place since the current one was not in good condition at all, according to her. The money that she had saved, though, was not enough to finish the construction and she is requesting lenders’ help to put it together. The amount she needs is a total of 300,000 Albanian Lek.
Mrika has four children and she comes from the very rural northern Albania. The traditional outfit she is wearing represents the region where she comes from.
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.