Nushe, a 40-year-old mother of two, lives with her family in the northwest part of the country. Her children are in their late teens and still attending school.
Before coming to this new location to reside, they lived in a village very high, up north where the snow covered almost everything for six months and people were locked up in their homes during this time. For as long as they stayed in their homes, they consumed dried food and smoked meat that they had prepared and put aside during the rest of the year.
For the past nine years, they have been living in a village with a milder weather and more prolific as well. Nushe has been involved in the livestock industry that in the last three years has picked up considerably and she is happy; she generates a good income from it.
The loan she is requesting at the moment is to expand the existing stable.
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.