Fatmir, a bee master, is a 52-year-old married father of three. He sells honey to wholesale buyers, as well as to locals in small quantities. In addition to the bee activity, he repairs cars with his self taught skills. Fatmir wants to buy food for his beehives.
Fatmir has placed his bee hives about 6km away from the town where he lives, due to the fact that the mountain where they’re placed gives the bees all the necessary nutrients and goods to grow and breed. The flowers in the mountains around have a very strong scent and the honey smells like that as well.
Where Fatmir’s village is now, it used to be a marsh. Due to volunteering work by all volunteers from each end of Albania during the communist era, the water was drained and turned into a loam; there is still a starch factory that is functional. Animals such as sheep and cows are the livestock kept most by villagers. Massive projects were undertaken from the previous regime on basis of volunteerism, such as building railways, olive groves, turning marshes into loams, steep hills turned into orange plantations and so many more.
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.