Marie is in her early sixties and married. She has seven children, with one of them still attending high school. They all have been living in northern Albania, but in a different region, for the past 12 years. The workload has been almost the same in both regions, yet life has been better in the current one, and they are content.
Marie has been raising livestock for the past eight years, and she has made positive and steady progress. In recent years, she has been able to serve more clients and, of course, generate more income.
Marie is now applying for a loan through VisionFund Albania to repair her animal stable, and she is aware that her loan information will soon be published on Kiva. She is very grateful to lenders in advance for their financial support.
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.