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Agim is in his early fifties, married, and has one child who attends university. His family lives in the suburban area of a main city in south eastern Albania.

Agim has been a barber since his early twenties; yet, he has been operating his barber shop for fifteen years, and has been the only one to provide financially for his family, these past twenty years. His business has been doing very well; both parties are happy, clients and Agim. “To achieve good customer service, I have to work long hours. My shop is open from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week. If ever I want to get some rest, only a few days though, as I can’t afford more, I will bring in another barber to replace me, so that I don’t lose my clientele,” Agim said.

Agim is now requesting a loan to make some repairs to his barber shop and the amount he needs is 150,000 Albanian Lek.

Additional Information

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
  • 24
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,741,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 102.4
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,475 helped Agim to make repairs to his barber shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 8, 2013
Feb 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013