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Leonarda lives in a south western part of Kosovo in a Roma community. She is married and has one child who is a year old. Her husband works in an auto repair shop. For more than 10 years she has worked creating and producing handicrafts. She is very professional and successful in her business and sells them in a market in order to earn a living.
The city where she lives is more economically developed than other cities in Kosovo and is known for its handicrafts and trading.
Leonarda is requesting a loan to buy materials for her handicraft work. The loan will help her to expand and grow her business. Her goal is to save money for her child’s education.
Leonarda is very thankful to all Kiva lenders.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan will support the economic aspirations of minority people in Kosovo. Roma people and ethnic Serbians have historically faced a tremendous amount of hardship in Kosovo, and are still socioeconomically and politically vulnerable. During the 1998-1999 war, the fighting displaced 250,000 people. Among those displaced were an estimated 80-90% of the region’s Roma population. Today, Roma and ethnic Serbians living in Kosovo still face discrimination and are excluded from many aspects of society, including fair political representation and high rates of unemployment. By supporting this loan you are helping provide opportunity to marginalized populations.

About KosInvest

KosInvest is a micro-enterprise development organization that provides loans to help people in rural Kosovo generate more income and improve their living conditions. It offers a wide range of loan products, from loans tailored to micro and small enterprises to loans designed to help women-headed households.

About Kosovo

  • $7,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Kosovo Loans Fundraising
  • $1,800,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 0.8
    Euro (EUR) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,300 helped Leonarda to buy materials for her handicraft work.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
22 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 9, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2014