Manushaqe is in her late fifties and married, with two grownup children between 21 and 26 years old. They all live in a very rural village with beautiful scenery, in southern Albania.
Livestock is the main activity of locals for earning an income and Manushaqe has been doing this these past eight years. Throughout the years, she’s been able to establish a strong clientele that gives some sort of financial security to her.
Manushaqe is requesting another loan this time to buy one more milk cow, to increase milk production. In the past she has got other loans, and she has repaid them all accordingly.
She will await patiently for Kiva lenders' understanding and financial help.
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.