Natasha wants to buy pesticides to use them for her plants. This will be her first time requesting a loan. Like so many others in the region, her focus has been on seasonal agriculture these past twenty years.
She resides in the southeastern part of the country, known for the largest production of red onions, potatoes, and chickpeas. The region also grows, in small quantities, delicious blueberries, called 'boronica' in the regional Albanian dialect, and the villagers sell them fresh or dried. They are costly though, and unfortunately, not everyone buys them.
Natasha has three children and lives in rural southeastern Albania. The field in the background is where she plants her produce. Her photo was taken right after an intense day of labor.
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.