Marte will be using this loan to plant corn and animal fodder. The amount she is requesting from Kiva lenders is an amount of 100,000 Albanian Lek.
Marte’s main activity is agriculture/livestock. She has three milk cows and 100 chickens. She sells cheese that she makes with the raw milk from her cows and she also sells eggs and little chickens. Her husband works as a farmer in the neighboring villages on an hourly basis. He plows the soil and vineyards and also hoes corn for other villagers. Marte’s activity and her husband’s pay are the only sources of income for their family of five.
Hospitality and friendliness is what distinguishes their village amongst other ones in the 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.