Lavdije runs a small fish farm where she raises trout. She is now requesting a loan to buy fish food.
Seen in the photograph is one of the reservoirs with fish in the first stage (1-3 months) of growth; Lavdije also has another reservoir for the last stage (4-9 or 12 months). The reservoirs are built adjacent to her house, and her clientele consists of the area villages, including local restaurants.
Lavdije’s village is built in craggy mountains; women in this village have had their traditional handmade, embellished red and white costumes, for generations. Older women even dress up in such costumes daily. While the soil is not good for growing vegetables, it supports livestock including cows, sheep and goats.
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.