Bukurie, who was photographed in front of her house, wants to buy a dairy cow. From the photo, you might guess that her living conditions are not that good. Livestock has been her activity for the past five years.
Here is how Bukurie expressed herself during the interview:
“I have been able to make a little income from selling raw milk to the locals. When the milk production is a bit more, I make cheese and butter, and I sell them. In addition, I secure my family’s dairy needs almost all the time. Livestock is a good practice for us who live in the village, and the majority of us enjoy doing it, too.”
Bukurie is a 41-year-old mother of three children who lives in the northern part of 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.