Alban and Nertila are a couple in their thirties who have two children, three and two years old. The whole family has been photographed here. They live in suburbia of a little town in northern Albania.
Some five years back, being talented at paving tiles, Alban started his own business in the field. He has managed to keep himself busy ever since. “I compete with quality; this is probably the reason that I don’t see any slowdown, because some others who practice this trade have already gone out of business,” Alban said.
“I want to buy a construction crane now with this loan, to speed up the process and avoid injuries, because until now I have been carrying all materials around and to the floors in my hands and I have felt exhausted after all and have injured my feet,” Alban added.
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.