Selvije has been planting and selling fresh agricultural produce at the local market of a main city for the past fifteen years. In addition, she’s been renting a field that is used for soccer games by children in their village. “I have my husband to help me out. We plant and harvest together, and we take turns to go to the market,” Selvije said. “We plan to create some greenhouses very soon,” she added, beaming.
Selvije is forty-eight-years-old and married with two children, twenty-two and eighteen years old, who attend their respective schools.
A loan of 100,000 Albanian lek will help her to build a fence around the field where she plants.
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.