This is Pushkin, being photographed in the animals' stable with his four cows. He wants this loan to add two more cows. The raw milk from the cows he sells to a nearby organic dairy farm that works only with milk from cows untreated with medicine. The yogurt made in this farm is 100% bio and made in a very primitive way. In addition to caring for the livestock, Pushkin plants fodder for his cows in the agricultural land that he owns.
Pushkin is a 41-year-old, married father of three. His oldest child is 11 years old, and the youngest one is 1 year old.
Pushkin’s livestock is the only source of income for the entire family. Knowing how responsible he is, he promises that he will pay back the loan like the previous one he had with the VFA.
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.