This is Beqir with his goats and their babies inside the stable that he wants to repair. Besides these animals, he’s also got two dairy cows, five sheep, walnuts, plum orchards and grapevines.
Beqir is a rural villager who lives in the south-central part of the country, not far from the major city of Elbasan. He sells several products at the farmer’s market: jam that he and his wife make out of the fresh walnuts, compote made of plums and red wine made primitively out of his own grapevines. They also sell animal products such as 0.5 % low-fat cow cottage cheese and ‘the most wanted cheese’ amongst the majority of Albanian residents, full-fat and unsalted goat cheese. Note here that some people eat the goat cheese with sugar or honey or syrup.
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.