Shyqiri is in his mid 60s and an Egyptian man from the ethnic community. He is married and his children are all grownups. They live in the southeastern part of Albania.
For the past 15 years he’s been making pastries, and specifically dried phyllo dough, locally called “petka,” that are used for baklava and pies that his region is famous for.
Shyqyri has a wide clientele. He sells his products to local individuals and also stores. The profits he has been making for all these past years have been going well.
He is now requesting a Kiva loan because his wife needs an immediate heart surgery, and he hopes that lenders will help him financially. In addition, he prays that the surgery will go well and his wife will have a speedy recovery.
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.