Ali is 58 years old, married, and has two children. He lives in the southern part of Albania. He and his wife practice agriculture as their main source of income. They focus their interest on wheat, fodder, corn, and red beets. They also have apple and pear orchards.
Ali is requesting a loan from VisionFund Albania for 200,000 Albanian leks, which he will use to invest in a tractor to plow the field he uses it for planting and also to offer service to others in the village.
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.