Flora a 41-year-old villager, and a Catholic devotee who lives in rural northern Albania. She is married, and has three children: 12, 10 and 6 years old.
Flora’s youngest child was born with medical problems, and has been scheduled for a surgery that will take place in Italy at the end of March. Even though the Catholic Church of Albania has offered to cover most of the medical expenses and traveling, she still needs some more money for this purpose, and this is why she is requesting a loan of a small amount (50,000 Albanian Lek).
Flora has been in the agriculture/livestock activity for the past thirteen years, and she does not complain about the income she’s been earning from it.
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.