Elvis earns an income by operating a taxi service. He is an Egyptian man from one of the two most vulnerable ethnic minority communities of Albania. He and his wife have a seven-year-old child and a one-year-old baby. The family lives in the southeastern part of the country.
Even though Elvis has been fully integrated in society in some ways, he still lives in his own community and “loves to serve his own people the most,” he says laughing, because they are the most vulnerable, according to him. He has been offering taxi transportation services to and from his city for some time and his work has kept him increasingly busy. He thanks God for all the good things offered to him because, despite being the sole provider for his family, he has been able to supply them with necessities, he says.
The loan Elvis is requesting will allow him to take his taxi vehicle to the auto shop for repairs. He will immediately begin operating his vehicle again once the repairs are made.
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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.