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Merita, this 35-year-old lady, is married and has three young children who are 12, 8 and 4 years old. They live in a little coastal village in northeastern Albania.

In addition to looking after her young children, she has been buying fruits and veggies from people in her village and selling them in some town markets. “It is not that I earn a big income from this activity maybe, but it is something; and it is some sort of help for people of my village as well. So, it works both ways,” Merita said.

Merita is requesting a loan of 150,000 Albanian Lek to buy more inventories to sell.

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
  • 22
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,741,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 103.5
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,450 helped Merita to buy more inventory of fruits and veggies to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 30, 2013
Feb 8, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014