Lindita is a 25-year-old married Roma mother of a one-year-old child and is expecting her second one soon. She lives with her husband and child within their Roma community; yet, “we consider ourselves fully integrated within the Albanian culture and this has been one of our strongest achievements so far that makes us feel proud of ourselves,” Lindita said.
For the past almost four years, Lindita has been buying and selling new items in the local market. “It can be any items: from clothes of all ages to household and electrical appliances that I sell. I just find it easy to do that while my husband engages himself in his own activity. I want to save some money to educate my children, because I don’t want my children to be uneducated, like the majority of our community,” she continued.
She now wants to stock up on inventory items with the loan she is requesting.
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.