Edlira is 26 years old and married, and lives in a little town in northern Albania with her in-laws, in accord with the region’s family tradition. She’s owned a beauty salon for the past three years, and she says that she has been busy.
Yet, she wants to be even busier and set herself apart from competitors in more ways than just one, and for this she plans to add some more services to those she offers at the moment.
Edlira wants to buy bridal dresses and rent them to women, and this is the reason she is requesting a loan from Kiva. She hopes that lenders will consider helping her out financially. With this in mind, she wants to thank Kiva and its lenders.
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.