Gjoke (husband) and Marte (wife) were photographed inside the stable with their goats! They are parents of two, ages 12 and 16, with one of them needing permanent medication, unfortunately. The loan they are applying for will be used to buy medication for their son.
They have been in the animal husbandry business for a long time now. Not only have they sold baby goats, but they also make homemade goat cheese and butter. Goat products have always been in demand in Albania due to the lower fat % and also its taste. During summer months, Gjok takes the goats to the prairies, very far from home, where he builds a little hutch to live in. Hence, he stays away from his family during all this time.
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.