Majlinda is 36 years old and a Roma woman from one of the vulnerable ethnic minority communities of Albania. She lives on the outskirts of a major city where most of her community lives. She is married and has two children, nine and four years old. Her husband is on disability assistance. Thus, she is the only one to support all of them.
Majlinda has been working in a sewing factory for the past six years. After work, she comes home and does more work that her employer has given her. This has given her the opportunity to put food on the table for her family. However, there are often disruptions at work, and she and others have been sent home with no wages at all. This is the reason she wants to work for herself, in addition to what she has been doing so far for her employer. And for this, she is requesting a loan to buy raw materials and fabric.
She acknowledges that without the Kiva lenders’ support, she would not be able to buy what she has planned to. And for this, she is seeking the lenders’ kind consideration.
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.