Durim is a 42-year-old Romani man who lives in a major south central city of Albania. He is married with two school-aged children, and is a proud father because his children, unlike others in his community, go to school. Durim lived in Greece with his family for a long time and worked in trades like masonry. He has been back in his birth country for the past two years and continues to practice masonry. In addition, he has begun buying and selling new household items, which he has seen to be a very profitable activity.
Durim is requesting his first loan in the amount of 150,000 Albanian lek to buy inventory of new items such as drapes, blankets and sheets. He is confident that he will do well, because this is not a new business for him. The first thing Durim did when he started the interview for this loan description was to thank Kiva lenders and express his willingness to wait patiently for their help.
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.