Pranvera is forty five and has two teenage children who still attend public schools. They and all live in a little town in south-central Albania. Before the collapse of the regime she worked in the retail industry. As a young woman at that time, she enjoyed the job: matching accessories to clothes, clothes to clothes and serving clients.
After the 1990’s she performed odd jobs because she had no other opportunities until five years ago when she opened her own boutique.
Pranvera has built a very good clientele and is content with the income she generates. Now she plans on adding more items to current inventory and this will help her generate more profit. This way, she will be able to send her children to university, should they fulfill the academic requirements.
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.