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Manushaqe is a thirty-four-years-old married Egyptian woman from the ethnic community of Albania. She has four children ranging in age from sixteen to three years old, with one of them being intellectualy challenged. All of her children go to the “Help for Children” Foundation (HFC) School that was founded in October 1998 with the support of the “Terre des Hommes” organization from Switzerland. The purpose of this project is to support marginalized and vulnerable children, their families and the communities where they live. I, the writer, came to know Manushaqe’s family through my sister who has been the children's teacher for the longest time now.

Manushaqe’s husband has been receiving governmental disability support and in addition, he has been making extra money by recycling and selling scrap metal. Every morning and evening, despite the heavy back pain, he goes to the city’s large trash bins to gather metal cans. However, the money he generates through both sources doesn’t seem to be enough to add a toilet and a sink to their existing one-room house where they all sleep, eat and stay.

It is the first time for Manushaqe to request a Kiva loan via VisionFund Albania and she seeks very much the lenders' appreciation in this matter.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

Roma and Egyptian populations living in Albania are considered vulnerable from a socioeconomic perspective and this loan would be used to support them.

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.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 22
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,751,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 110.9
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,375 helped Manushaqe add a toilet and a sink to her one-room house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2014