Shqiponja, this wonderful and hard-working Egyptian lady, lives in the outskirts of a major city in southern Albania. She is in her mid-forties. She was widowed a long ago and has two children. They are 23 and 20 years old, and she raised them almost all on her own. Shqiponja says that being a single parent and coming from the most vulnerable ethnic community means extreme poverty, and "It was not easy at all. Yet through luck, I was supported and respected by all sorts of people who knew me, and that gave me the strength to carry on with my mission of raising my children.”
“I started my own agricultural farming business, producing mostly white beans, potatoes, grains, and veggies about six years ago, and I can say that I have made an income that has helped me with the basics. I have had a horse to do the transportation from the field to the market, yet it is growing older, and I don’t want to use it as much as before,” Shqiponja continues.
Shqiponja is requesting a loan now to purchase a horse so that she can use it for the transportation of her agricultural products.
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.