Beni sells firewood and dairy products and he has been doing this for almost five years now, after his return from Greece. He had lived there as an immigrant for a long time until the economy went downwards in that country, unfortunately.
Beni is applying for a second loan. This time it's to use for his agricultural needs, such as buying pesticides, buying fodder for his animals for the winter, preparing the soil, etc. He does all the work in collaboration with his father, who according to Beni is very strong physically.
Beni is a 30-year-old single man who lives in a rural area. His plans are to get married soon and have a family of his own
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.