Suzana is been photographed with Kastriot, her husband. Together they have two school-aged children, ages 18 and 14. Suzana is 48 years old and is requesting this loan to pay for her husband’s surgical eye procedure. His vision has been worsening due to some health issues. They operate an agriculture and livestock business to earn an income.
Suzana has three dairy cows and plants feed, such as corn and fodder, for animals, and sells them to other villagers. She also sells the raw milk to a nearby primitive type of dairy farm. Her cows are of a quality breed and the milk production is quite high, about 20kg/day. The village where they have resided their entire lives, is known across the country for producing the highest and best quantity of beans, red onions, and potatoes. Villagers here own large areas of agricultural land. Traditional meal is a pie with white kale.
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.