World Vision commenced its work in former Yugoslavia in 1998 as a result of the Kosovo conflict. The programme was launched with a relief project providing food and winter clothing to the first of those fleeing Kosovo.
In addition, World Vision carried out an emergency shelter programme to improve conditions in collective centres. World Vision established soup kitchens to feed a huge influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Kosovo and distributed family survival kits containing food and hygiene items.
Since it first started operations in Montenegro, World Vision has continued to implement programmes aimed at addressing the physical, social, psychological and financial needs of the poorest and least economically active sectors of the Yugoslav population.
Today, World Vision has generated a sustainable and multifunctional model to fight poverty in rural areas of these two countries.
World Vision and AgroInvest have a wide presence across Montenegro with offices in Podgorica, Pljevlja, Berane, Bar, Mojkovac, Rozaje, Bljelo Polje, Ulcinj, Niksic, Herceg Novi, Budva. In the fourth quarter of FY11, AgroInvest in Montenegro had 12,646 active borrowers with an average loan size of US$1,361. Some 11,328 children have been impacted through AgroInvest’s services. AgroInvest’s outstanding loan portfolio is around US$23,921,687). In FY2010, 32.60% of loans were used for milk production, 13.59% for cattle breeding and 11.30% of loans were used for greenhouses.