Rreshit is in his early fifties, married, and the father of a teenager. His family lives in the central-eastern part of Albania, in a little town that has been booming lately. Villagers from the rough terrain have opted for a better and more convenient life in this little town. Only a couple of years ago, this little town had only half of the residents it does today. Residents here find themselves always doing something related to building construction, whether they build, demolish, or sell building materials.
Rreshit has always been the sole provider for his family. After an accident three years ago, he started selling lime, which is used for building construction. He is requesting a Kiva loan to purchase lime to sell. In the future, he plans to open a pit and produce the lime himself, in order to reduce costs and, of course, generate more profit.
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.