Naime, 47, is married and has one grownup child. She has been working in the livestock industry for about ten years and has been making delicious goat and sheep cheeses and salty/non-salty butter with the help of her husband and only child. They all live in a rural village in the central eastern part of the country, where the terrain and weather are a great help in the animal husbandry activity.
Naime works hard for long hours every day of the week in the animal husbandry and producing dairy products business; yet, despite her exhaustion, she’s been content with the income she has been generating. In late September, Naime reached VisionFund Albania after she had decided to request a loan of 300,000 LEK to buy two cows; the previous two loans are successfully repaid.
Naime hopes to get support from Kiva lenders.
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.