This is Arjet, a 23-year-old hard working man and a married father of a year-old child. Arjet is running a livestock activity that he started about two years ago. Until then, he worked as a herdsman in a village, but it is very difficult to get there by vehicle because the road is unpaved and bumpy. This would be his first loan.
“While I was watching others peoples’ livestock, I thought why not watch my own? So I bought some then to start off and I want to add some more at the moment. Since the start, I have been making goat cheese and selling it at the market in addition to baby goats. I like the whole activity and I really want to expand it,” said Arjet.
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.