Qazim, a married father of two, is a 56-year-old fisherman who has been photographed with fishing nets at his jobsite. Not only does Qazim fish for a living, but he also does agriculture; he plants wheat and has grapevines.
He wants to buy nets and prepare the soil for planting, and a loan in an amount of 250,000 Albanian Lek will help him achieve his goal.
Qazim fishes at Lake Ohrid, which straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania. This lake is one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem that is of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the towns situated at the lakeside are Pogradec in Albania, along with Ohrid and Struga in Macedonia.
The two fish that are widely found in this lake are the brown trout that tastes like the Atlantic salmon, and another one that is grown only in this lake, called Koran. Fishermen have their own primitive boats and nets to fish; alongside the national road of Tirana-Korca you can see lots of fishermen and their sons selling their fresh fish, or some little fish called in the local language ‘Cironka’, to drivers and passengers.
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.