Maria wants to buy a dairy cow. Maria, who lives in the northern part of the country, is a 52-year-old married mother of six children; one of them has been suffering from a disease since birth.
“I have to look after my daughter almost all the time; two other kids passed away also due to the same disease. The livestock activity, I have been carrying it out since 1993. That has been the only source of income for all of us. At times, I feel drained from doing so much, but thank God my other kids and husband help me out,” said Maria.
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.