Luriana is a 33-year-old, married, Egyptian mother of three children, ages 11, 7 and 5. She and her family have been living within their community in a major city in the southern part of Albania. For the past two years, she has been running a little variety store in her neighborhood. To stock up on some additional items to sell, she needed a “little loan,” as stated by her, of 50,000 ALL.
Luriana dreams of educating her children in the future. "I was never given the opportunity to get an education myself, just like almost everyone in my community, so, I will make sure that my children get one," she says. "Being vulnerable is a status that follows you all your life, whether you want it to or not."
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.