Qamile is a lady from the vulnerable Egyptian community of south central Albania and she is married. She has grandchildren whom she adores, especially the little granddaughter photographed with her and her husband, Ferit.
Qamile has been working as a dressmaker for the past 20 years, not only for her community but for other communities as well. In addition to this activity, her husband sells used clothes in the market. The income they both generate is not bad at all, Ferit said; they even help their children.
Qamile and Ferit now want to buy a washing machine and for this they need some 50,000 Albanian Lek. This will be a tremendous help to them since they raise their grandchildren themselves and of course there is so much laundry to do.
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.