Floresha a is 35-year-old Roma. She is a hard worker and a married mother of two school-aged children, 12 and 8. They live in the suburbs of a little town in the southeastern Albania.
She does not live the same as other members of her community who live in the same neighborhood and are called “Roma Lagje.” She has integrated well with the rest of population from other communities and lives in harmony with them. All neighbors made the best comments about her to the loan officer who helped Floresha with the loan paperwork.
In the past five years, Floresha has been active in the agricultural stream; she rents some land from neigbours where she plants during all seasons (mainly veggies) and then sell the products to the local market. She makes a profit, which she said is enough just to give the basics to the children.
Floresha now is applying for a loan to buy seedlings and seeds.
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.