Mark is requesting this loan because his daughter has been granted a scholarship, due to her high GPA, to study abroad in Canada.
Mark works as a culinary chief in a town that is visited often by foreigners. It is the town where national hero Skanderbeg's body was put to rest on the 17th of January, 1468. Albanians speak very fondly of him; Skanderbeg whose name at birth was George, or whose Turkish name was given ‘Iskender bey’ was the youngest of nine children whose father had been a vassal of the Turkish Sultan since the end of 14th century, and, as a consequence, paid tribute and provided military services to the Ottomans. George was sent by his father to Sultan Murad II’s as a servant boy. Later he came to his homeland to release it from the Turkish army. His helmet and sword are preserved at the Kunsthistorisches_Museum in Vienna, Austria.
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.