Ibrahim has been selling dairy products to local markets, as well as homemade wine and the traditional drink, “Raki”, made of grapes. “It's been going good so far. I started my activity long ago by taking a loan from VisionFund Albania, and as time passed by I applied for two more loans to expand my activity. I am so very appreciative to VFA for being there for me when I needed it. Now I have applied for another loan to buy equipment to press the grapes for the wine and for making the Raki,” Ibrahim said.
He has four grown up children and his previous work was in the mines. As soon as the mines closed down, he started his own activity.
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.