Marte is a 50-year-old widowed mother of seven children. In the civil war in 1997, two of her children vanished without a trace; no one ever found what happened to them, unfortunately. This tragedy caused a deadly heart attack to her husband, who passed away a year later.
“I grieve even nowadays; there are times that I cry out loud and I can’t stop it. I miss my children and I miss my husband. I have kept my children’s items in a keepsake box and I keep going to it every day and touch their belongings, and I get lost in pain afterwards. I don’t know how to explain all the pain I have been experiencing since that November 13, 1997,” said Marte, looking away and wiping her tears with the sleeves of the sweater.
She wants to build renting rooms for the summer since she lives in a beautiful coastal village.
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.