Dava wants to buy four dairy sheep. This will be her third loan, with the previous ones being paid off.
Dava is married and has three children; she is forty-seven-years-old. About seven years ago, she started to expand her herd. With the animals she had at that moment, she only supplied her family with its dairy needs, yet, she wanted to earn an income of it. She has studied at the public university; however, finding a job in her profession was like "finding the hay in the needle stack," according to her. Thus, it made sense to her to pursue livestock.
“I don’t regret my decision, because I was fully aware that there would be no opportunities available in my profession…I make my income through this activity, and this is what matters in the end,” said Dava.
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.