Mark has been photographed with his wife, Vitore. The minibus you see in the background is what Marks uses for the transportation of school children. The loan that Mark is requesting from Kiva lenders will help him get the papers from the city to start running the school minibus again after the recent changes in the procedures and tougher rules in driving from the Ministry of Transportation.
Mark and his wife have four children. In addition to the transportation business they practice agriculture/livestock as well. They’ve got one dairy cow, five goats and they plant mostly potatoes; they sell raw milk and baby animals and potatoes at the local farmers’ market. They come from the rural north and the way Vitore is dressed is traditional amongst women in that region.
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.
A loan of $2,400 helped Mark after the recent changes in the procedures and tougher rules in driving from the Ministry of Transportation, Mark needs to get papers for the minibus to start running it soon.