Gjelina is 43 years old and married with three children. She is from northeastern Albania.
The main activity for locals in such regions of Albania is livestock: selling milk, making cheese, cottage cheese, butter and yogurt. So does Gjelina, who has dairy cows and goats and produces cheese upon her clients’ requests.
Gjelina has been doing this for the past six years and has been experiencing a need for her dairy products. This makes her happy. Locals said that she makes delicious cheese, so they prefer hers versus others.
Gjelina is now requesting a loan from Kiva lenders to build a stable for the animals.
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.