Vasil’s wife needs eye surgery immediately due to the fact that she has lost her vision completely.
Vasil who lives in the northern part of Albania, in the region of Lezha, is 56 and he practices agriculture/livestock for living. He has cows, chickens and pigs and he plants mostly wheat, corn and fodder in addition to some orchard fruits and grapevines in his yard. Additional family income comes from his wife's disability and their son's work in a prison nearby their village. Here it is what Vasil said during the interview: “Now that my wife has lost her vision, it has become very difficult on me because I’ve got to do all this work on my own, this is why I pray that lenders will understand our situation and help us financially."
Some of the fruit orchards that the villagers in the vicinity of Vasil’s village plant are cherries, figs, pears and pomegranate and the most preferred animals are cows and pigs.
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.