The village where they currently reside is at the foot of a single isolated mountain, with a seemingly flat summit plateau, with elevations over 1,880 feet above sea level. The name of this mountain comes from the name of water wells that, fortunately, are numerous. There are copper mines built since the first years of the communism era and a small Catholic church built 800 years ago. The mountain is covered with snow all year round and foreigners prefer to go hiking.
Zef practices livestock and agriculture to make a living for the family of seven. He has pigs, chickens, and a dairy cow. He also plants and harvests wheat in large quantities that he sells to wholesale buyers and sellers.
About VisionFund AlbaniaVisionFund 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.
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