This is Matilda, a hard worker according to the villagers’ comments about her, who wants to buy goats with this loan. So far, she has cows, yet no goats.
“Goat milk and cheese are very healthy and are sold at a better price than other dairy products, and I wanted to try this activity as well. The geographical terrain of our village is very supportive of flocks, particularly goats,” said Matilda.
Matilda is 39 years old and has two children, 15 and 13. Matilda’s focus has been on activities such as agriculture (dried beans, wheat and corn), livestock (dairy cows), raw honey (ten bee hives), and arboriculture (plums and cherry trees) activity also.
She sells the products to dairy farms, at the local farmers’ market and to the wholesale buyers/sellers.
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.