Kujtim, a hard-worker blacksmith, is 41 years old and lives in northeastern Albania. He is married and has three children: 13, 8 and 6 years old.
Forging metal is the type of activity that he has been practicing for the past ten years and has proven to be profitable according to Kujtim. He has been able to establish a good and steady clientele throughout the years and is proud of this, because he is not the only person who offers such services, yet he has known how to differentiate himself from the others. Recently, Kujtim has been very busy and the space where he has been operating his activity seems too small, and he wants to expand the shop. This is the reason why Kujtim is requesting a loan, and he hopes that everything will go well and that he will receive some financial help from 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.