Gjergji wants to buy potato seeds with this loan. His focus has been only on agriculture/arboriculture for a very long time now. He’s been photographed in his yard where there are three beehives and a warm bed covered with a waterproof plastic sheet that serves to prepare seedlings for seasonal veggies. Gjergji, in particular, plants potatoes and beans and has apple orchards. He sells the products to wholesale buyers. Grains such as corn and wheat as well as onions are some other agro products that residents of his village focus on producing. Plum orchards in addition to the apple orchards, are two fruit trees that villagers in this entire region have been focusing on for generations. As far as the livestock is concerned, cows and sheep are the two most preferred animals for almost everyone here since the terrain supports them.
Gjergji, whose name in English is ‘George’, is 42 years old and a married father of two children who are 13 and 10 years old.
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.