Sheqo, who has been photographed here with one of her grandsons, wants to buy a dairy cow. She currently plants and sells beans, potatoes and natural flowers and also has some cherry orchards.
Sheqo is married and has three children. She lives in a rural area that has a cold climate. The soil in her area is good and supports vegetable growth, such as potatoes, tomatoes, onions, wheat and corn.
A bit about her village: The traditional foods of her village are “lakror,” which is like a pie made of two pieces of thick filo pastry stuffed with wild greens, dairy products or a mix of onions and tomatoes, and "petanik," which is made of dried thin filo pastry stuffed with cooked beans. As for traditional costumes, the most common are the white fez and felt.
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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 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.