Liljana is a 46 year-old Egyptian woman from one of the vulnerable ethnic minority communities of southern Albania. She is married and has three daughters. Two of them hold a university degree and Liljana wants to send her younger daughter to university as well, when she finishes high school.
She feels proud for being able to educate and help her children and her family financially, unlike others in her community.
Liljana is a blacksmith and has been in the field for twenty years. Her husband, also in the picture, hasn’t had a job of his own for a long time now and has been helping her out in this business. Together they have built a steady clientele that makes them happy at the moment, because the very first years in the business were difficult.
Liljana is requesting a loan to purchase iron and coal for her business, and has got plans to expand her current activity.
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.