Derentina is 44 years old and her profession for earning an income is seamstress. She has two school-aged children, 16 and 12. Her husband runs a transportation motor cart to earn a living. She is requesting this loan because lately she hasn’t been feeling well and wants to go for some medical checkups and visitation to a health care specialist. She and her husband both have clients for the services they run.
Derentina and her family live in the city of Korca where even today some residents speak their own languages due to their heritage, such as Slavic, Rumanian, Greek and Macedonian. These minorities have always lived in harmony with one another, despite the fact that the dictatorship up until the 90s was very harsh and did not allow these languages to be spoken freely or customs to be followed accordingly.
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.