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Donika is an Egyptian grandmother of a nine-year-old granddaughter, Lisa, whom she raises all on her own. Donika’s son, who is the child’s father, struggled financially and ended his life in a very tragic way. Then little Lisa was placed under the custody of Donika. They both live in a village in southern Albania.

Donika did the seamstress job for a very long time and operated from her own home, but after she got the custody of her granddaughter, she stopped it because she had to look after Lisa. Now, Donika is requesting a loan to cover medical expenses and she is almost begging lenders to help by financing her.

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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.

About Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 33
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,893,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 107.7
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Donika cover medical expenses.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013