Dila is married with five children. Her youngest is 28 years old and her oldest is in their 50s. Three of Dila's children attend school. She lives with her family in northern Albania, and for the past ten years has been raising livestock. Dila works selling milk to dairy farms. “My job is difficult,” she said “but fulfilling after all. It keeps me busy every day. My husband helps me as well, yet not as much as I want him to help me. Women in our region take lots of responsibilities on . . . ” she continued with a smile.
Dila is requesting a loan to build a stable for her animals. This is her first loan.
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.