Ilirjan is 56, married and has three children ranging in age from 20 to 26 years old. The children attend universities and Ilirjan has been the only one to pay for their tuition fees. “It’s been very difficult,” Ilirjan says, "yet I have had no other choice but to help them finish off their education successfully.”
For the past 9 years, Ilirjan has been operating a grocery store and throughout the years he has been able to establish and nurture a steady clientele that seems to be growing. "This makes me happy,” he says beaming. Kindly note that he worked in the coal mining industry until 9 years ago.
At this point, he is requesting a loan to renovate the store. It is not his first loan; it’s the fifth, yet he has paid the previous ones on time. Being associated with VFA for a long time, Ilirjan has showed the trait of responsibility in his character.
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.