Dile is in her fifties and married. She and her family live in northern Albania, in a little town of approximately 10,000 people. Prior to residing in this town, they lived almost all of their lives in another region where she was employed as a pharmacist. She has always been the only financial provider for her family. With her income, she even paid her children's university tuition fees.
About three years ago, Dile opened her own drugstore, and she has established a steady clientele. She says she is very proud of her business.
Dile is requesting a loan of 150,000 ALL to purchase pharmaceuticals and other items for her store's inventory. This will be her second loan; the previous loan has been paid in full.
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.