“Raising all the children, hasn’t been easy at all and my husband passed away when they were still young. However, older siblings helped in raising the youngest ones,” said Marte.
Marte lives with her family in northern Albania, and the way she is dressed is very traditional in that part of the country. In addition, the fact that she is a widowed lady, makes her dress in black colored clothing.
This past year, Marte has been selling baby calves and raw milk at the farmers market of a nearby city. She is planning on expanding her activity; at the moment she has only two dairy cows.
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This loan is part of VisionFund Albania's new startup loan program to help entrepreneurs with limited financial possibilities to start up a new business or restart a business that was closed due to lack of working capital.
About VisionFund AlbaniaVisionFund 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.
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