Bardhe, whose name in Albanian means ‘white’, is dressed in black because she is still grieving after her 28-year-old son drowned 7 months ago while he was digging a well for pay in a village far from his home. “I cannot stop crying; I feel guilt, I feel remorse, I feel all these terrible things,” said Bardhe during her interview.
Bardhe is a married mother of seven children who, until a year ago, lived with one of her married sons in Greece. As soon as she arrived back to her native village, she bought two sheep, one goat and the two cows you see in the picture. She wants to use this loan to further expand her livestock activity by adding one more cow and repairing the existing stable.
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.