Pashke is forty-six and has three children who she raises on her own. Her husband immigrated some years ago and never came back to his family and never provided any financial assistance. Her family lives in a little town in central Albania. Pashke said that it has been extremely difficult financially for all of them. Five years ago she started selling used clothes and other accessories in the local market hoping to bring home a little income.
She’s been working very hard, yet the living conditions are very poor. She and all her family live in a one-room rental apartment. Despite this, she remains positive.
Pashke is requesting a loan now to buy more inventory of used clothes to resell, and is praying that lenders will help her financially.
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.