Dude, 56, is married and illiterate. She lives with her husband and a young son who is married and has children. They live in northern Albania, a region with an extreme, cold climate and an economy that has developed lately thanks to tourism, agriculture and animal husbandry.
Dude has been working in livestock, where she learned the milk-producing business 15 years ago. She puts long hours of hard work into it every day of the week, as does her husband. Dude approached VisionFund Albania because she found out about the support it gives the rural sector and decided to request a loan to build a stable for her animals in order to keep them warm during the wintertime.
In the future, Dude hopes to finish building her new family home that she started sometime back; yet, for now she is focused on building the stable, and she seeks lenders' appreciation in this matter.
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.