Tane, age 44 and widowed, was left upon her husband's death some time ago to raise all six of her children on her own. "I struggle financially and emotionally as well," she told us. She has been photographed here next to her youngest child while he was sleeping.
She and her children live in a little town in the northern Albania, and she buys and sells used items "just for survival," she said. "It breaks my heart seeing my children not having enough food and myself not being able to do something about it," she said tearfully. "I hope that someday my prayers will be answered and my kids will make a better life for themselves. Until then, I am left with my only choice: taking care of them as well as I can."
She is requesting a loan of approximately $975, which will enable her to add a larger inventory of used items to offer for sale.
Kindly note that Tane has been a VisionFund Albania client for long time now and this loan is her sixth one from the same institution.
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.