Fitnete is a married mother of six children. She has been photographed plowing the soil in her backyard, where currently she has planted mostly corn, beans and cucumbers. She wants to buy a dairy cow with the loan she is requesting from Kiva lenders.
Besides the planting that Fitnete does in her backyard, she also has grapevines and chickens. Under the communist era, she relocated from her village to the current suburbia of a little industrial town, then in central Albania. She worked in the worker’s kitchen, and her husband did labor work in the same super-phosphate plant until the early '90s, from where they earned a pension. Their children are all grown-ups now and work for themselves.
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.