Gentiana is a 32-year-old, married mother of two school-aged children, eleven and eight, who lives in the northern region of Albania. She is requesting a loan from VisionFund Albania for the first time. Gentiana wants to repair a damaged stable for her animals and the amount she’s requesting from Kiva lenders is approximately 460 USD.
She has been operating a livestock business for about ten years now, and has been able to see progress in this activity. “The profit hasn’t been that bad either; I have worked hard, and I do not want to bypass on this fact. My husband has been helping out as well by taking the milk to residents of a main city close to our location to sell,” Gentiana said.
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.