Vera, whose name in Albanian means “summer”, is a 46-year-old married mother of three with her oldest child being 25 and the youngest two years old. Livestock has been the practice of her choice all these past years. She has four milk cows and two pigs. Kindly note that one of her cows recently gave birth to twin baby calves that look different to one another, as you can see in the picture where Vera is petting both of them. It's believed that it is very rare for cows to give birth to twins.
Vera and her family live in a village that before was anointing. Due to the fact that it is below sea level and the water drainage system doesn’t work, it unfortunately gets flooded almost every year. Vera wants to build a stable for her animals.
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.