This is Mare, a villager, who is pictured at her newly built family home. She is married and the mother of four. Mare and her husband are farmers and they have a greenhouse where she plants veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach and lettuce. They also have eight goats and, during summer time, her husband takes the goats every day to graze in mountains very far from home. He complains that he is exhausted by walking for hours with the goats. Mare’s husband has now decided to stay away from the family during grazing months and build a little shack not far from where the goats graze to avoid his exhaustive up and down wandering.
Mare is requesting a loan to purchase a vehicle to carry the goats to the mountains. “It will be a recovery for my husband and I will very much appreciate lenders’ financial help” said Mare.
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.