Barize is the mother of a 25-year-old child who is working currently for cash; he lives with his parents just like many grownups still do in rural families. Barize has always been doing agriculture/livestock to earn a living. She has cows, calves and a mule for transportation and she sells the raw milk to some nearby dairy farms;almost every household in the region of Korca keeps a mule or horse for transportation. Barize also plants seasonal veggies and crops mostly, and at the moment she needs some pesticides for them. Although planting is practiced here, livestock (goats, sheep and cows) is more.
Barize’s village dates back to the 1920's and is characterized with cobblestone streets and five Greek Orthodox churches.
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.