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Shaqir is 22 years old. He is married and has one child who is four years old. They live in a minority community in very poor conditions. As the main source of income for his family, Shaqir performs at weddings. He typically has a lot of work during the summer. His wife is a housewife, staying home to care for the house and their child. Shaqir is in need of a loan in order to paint the interior of the house and to renovate its exterior walls.

This loan will help Shaqir’s family to have better living conditions. In the future, he hopes to improve his family's living conditions more and to save money for his child's education. He promises to pay back the loan on time, and wants to thank all Kiva lenders for their support!

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan will support the economic aspirations of minority people in Kosovo. Roma people and ethnic Serbians have historically faced a tremendous amount of hardship in Kosovo, and are still socioeconomically and politically vulnerable. During the 1998-1999 war, the fighting displaced 250,000 people. Among those displaced were an estimated 80-90% of the region’s Roma population. Today, Roma and ethnic Serbians living in Kosovo still face discrimination and are excluded from many aspects of society, including fair political representation and high rates of unemployment. By supporting this loan you are helping provide opportunity to marginalized populations.

About KosInvest

KosInvest is a micro-enterprise development organization that provides loans to help people in rural Kosovo generate more income and improve their living conditions. It offers a wide range of loan products, from loans tailored to micro and small enterprises to loans designed to help women-headed households.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Kosovo

  • $7,600
    Average annual income
  • 2
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    Kosovo Loans Fundraising
  • $1,823,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 0.8
    Euro (EUR) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Shaqir to paint the inside of his house and renovate its exterior walls.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
22 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2014