Artur is 27 years old and a Roma married man with two children who are five and three years old. They all live in a major city in the central Albania, where the majority of their community lives. Almost all in his community have commented on his personable and responsible nature, and the hard work he has does to provide for his family as well as helping members in his community.
This is Artur’s first time applying for a loan of 100,000 Albanian Lek through VisionFund Albania to buy used items to resell. In addition to his activity of selling used items, he also owns a truck that offers transportation services to other members of his Romani community and also transports his own materials.
“I am devoted to my business, my family and my community and I want to provide my children with the best education and life that I never had. I can achieve this only by working hard and expanding my business.” These were Artur’s words when he was interviewed by the VFA’s loan officer.
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.