Nikoll is a married father of three school-aged children whose profession is carpenter; he runs his own carpentry shop. He is asking for 200,000 Albanian LEK from Kiva lenders, which will help him buy raw material for his carpentry. The carpentry profession and shop has been inherited from his father, according to him. He makes doors and windows and also any type of furniture.
Nikoll is busy with this practice and he’s become happy, according to him. In addition to this practice, just like almost every other villager he and his wife do agriculture/livestock. They plant frequently fodder, beans, onions and green veggies. Kindly note that Albanians eat lots of green veggies; they mainly cook them with meat or just boil and serve them with Albanian extra virgin olive oil and squeezed fresh lemon juice or grape vinegar.
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.