Ahmet is 55 and has four teenage children who help their parents with the agricultural activity, according to him. He wants to buy some sheep of a good breed and he needs your financial help.
Ahmet lives near the city of Elbasan and owns some agricultural land where he plants mostly green leafy veggies. In addition to this, he has cows and the dairy products he makes out of their milk he sells at the local market in this city. His cows produce about 18 kg of milk/day according to him. Hence, he covers his family's dairy needs and sells the rest. This is the only income for his family and he wants to increase it by adding sheep. Due to the fact that sheep milk is very fattening, most of it is made into hard cheeses with some of them being made with herbs. In Albania, this cheese with or without herbs is called ‘kackavall’.
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.