Gezim is in his early sixties, married, and has three grown-up children. They all live in a suburb of a major city in the southwestern part of Albania where members of their Egyptian community live. He works hard to support his wife as well, since she has been paralyzed for a very long time.
Gezim repairs shoes, and he offers his services to everyone, not exclusively to his Egyptian community. He has been practicing his shoe-making activity for nearly thirty years and, in this way, he has been able to raise his children and support his wife, even though he has been the sole financial provider for his family.
“Gezim is the most good-natured and responsible person. You find him at his shop every day.” These were comments from one of his clients.
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.