Fatbardha is 44 and has three children. They are 21, 15 and 13 years old and two of them attend school. She has been a single mother for a long time now and has gotten zero support (financial or otherwise) from the children’s father. While she suffers from a slight autism, that hasn’t stopped her from raising the children, or working.
Fatbardha is talented at making straw/bamboo bags and she started this activity three years ago. It was difficult in the beginning, she explains, yet very soon people took an interest in her artistic work and started to buy her products.
Fatbardha now wants to buy raw material and for this she is requesting lenders' financial help. She would very much appreciate each and every one’s 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.