Gazmir is a 27-year-old divorced father of a 6-year-old boy, of whom he has full custody; both of them have been photographed here.
Gazmir, whose name in English means “Joyful”, does wholesale-buying/wholesale-selling of agricultural products for a living. Luckily, the region of Korca where he resides is known for the largest volume of agricultural products, including grains (wheat, corn, oats, barley and rye); legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, lima beans); potatoes; onions (red and white); apples and plums. His clientele mostly includes large markets in the capital city.
Characteristic of Gazmir’s village is that the red wine that villagers produce, still in all primitive ways, has been very much in demand domestically and also across the Albanian borders.
Gazmir is applying for this loan to buy products for sale.
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.