Hedije is an Egyptian mother of six children who lives in central Albania, in a major city where most of her community lives. Unfortunately, two of her children are disabled, and she has to look after them in addition to providing financial support for all.
“It is very difficult and painful and becomes discouraging at times, but I’ve got no other choices. I don’t know what will happen to my two disabled children when I grow a bit older and I won't be able to provide all these …” Hedije said.
In the past 20 years, Hedije has been selling used clothes; however, now she wants to sell fabric raw material, and this is the reason she applied for a loan for the first time. Seeing the success of others in her community who sell such items, she’s been convinced that this is the right path for her as well.
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.