Pjeter is fifty-one years old and has seven children; the oldest is twenty-five and the youngest is ten; some of them are still attending school. His family lives in the North West part of the country; and before he lived in another district that was much colder.
"Coming to the new location and trying to settle here, has been a roller-coaster in a sense in the beginning; yet, the last couple of years, it seems better for all of us, financially and otherwise,” Pjeter said. "The activity that I and my wife have been practicing for the past seventeen years has been animal husbandry. This has been our only financial means. We don’t know anything better,” Pjeter continued. “Now all I need is a loan to expand the existing stable,” he 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.