Fatime is being photographed here with her husband Andon in a variety store that they have been running as a family business for almost ten years.
Andon needs eye surgery immediately; this is what the loan that Fatime is requesting will be used for.
Here is what Andon said during the interview: “Doctors have told me that I need surgery immediately, before my eyesight goes away completely and this will happen soon, if I have no money to take care of this procedure. I would very much appreciate any financial help from lenders.”
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.