Vera is a mother of three, including one who was born half-paralyzed. She owns a rolling wooden fast food business that she has stabilized on her little property by the beach. She sells fast food, grilled fish, and summer drinks. She runs the business from May until September. She is now requesting this loan to buy kitchen supplies and wares.
Vera and her family live in a little coastal town that is frequented by thousands of visitors every year. It is the third largest seaport in the country for landing and distributing fish and other merchandise. The scenery is breathtaking, as the town is built at the foot of a mountain where there are lots of pine trees. Part of this town is built elongated with lagoons parallel to the coast.
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.