Liza has been suffering from her kidneys for some years now. The specialists scheduled her for an immediate surgery to remove the left kidney after the unsuccessful results of her first surgery, but she does not have the money to pay for it. A loan of 150,000 Albanian Lek will enable her to go ahead with this surgical procedure.
Liza is 57 and has a 27-year-old grownup child. The activity that she has pursued for a long time now has been agriculture, just like the majority of rural residents. She plants and sells mostly seasonal veggies and added to that, she has cherry orchards and grapevines. The health issues that she has been experiencing lately though, have made it impossible for her, as she says, to run her daily activities.
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.