This is Dila, a 51-year-old married mother of five children. One of them finished university recently and is trying to go to England to complete the Master's Degree on a scholarship basis. Before all this though, she’s got to do all the papers at the British Embassy in Tirana and the process of completing the papers costs some money that Dila at the moment don’t have. This is the reason why she is requesting an amount of 220,000 ALL.
Dila has been doing agriculture for very long time; planting, harvesting and selling seasonal veggies, wheat, animal fodder, and fruits such as cherries, apples, pears, plums, and peaches; she has livestock and in particular, she’s got cows, chickens, and pigs and sells the products to the local market; she makes and sells approximately 400 liters of homemade alcohol drink (raki) and 300 liters of homemade red wine every year. Through all this rural practice, she makes an okay income to cover for the expenses of the family.
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.