Hasime is a fifty-one-year-old Egyptian woman who is married with five children and all of them live in a village in northern Albania. Her children range between 12 and 25 years old and two of them are still going to school. Most of the time, members of the Egyptian community live in the cities and the outskirts of major cities; yet Hasime chose to live in a village and engage in agricultural activity. She has been doing this for the past 22 years and has made a good earning all along.
Hasime is now applying for a loan for the first time because she wants to prepare the soil for fall planting. In addition to the land she owns, last year she rented some from others and wants to plant it as well. She plants crops such as grains, potatoes and onions.
Hasime is very proud of herself because she is doing something different from others in her community.
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.