Genci is a 29-year-old father of a 6-year-old child. He is looking to buy potato seeds for planting. He lives in a field area that has a very cold, snowy and windy climate in winter and excellent soil that supports almost all the plantings. This village is situated along the national road Tirana-Korca. Agriculture and livestock are the most pursued activities among most of the villagers and they sell their products along the road where they have built their booths. The products that have given this village a name in Albania are the dried red onions and the white beans, particularly lima beans. As for their desired animal, the villagers there say that is the cow.
Genci has two cows and a tractor. He uses the latter to serve the residents around his area and of course plow his own agricultural land.
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.