Manushaqe, a villager in her late 50s, is an Egyptian married woman who lives in the rural part of southern Albania. She lives very poorly as you can see from her picture; in the background is her tiny house. Manushaqe is known by people in her village for her faith in God as well as her hardworking attitude and gentle nature.
For the past 10 years, she has been planting potatoes in the land she owns and selling them to local stores in a nearby main city. The soil in this region is good for growing potatoes and onions as well.
A loan of 150,000 ALL will help Manushaqe to buy potato seeds to plant soon. This will be her fourth loan, with the previous ones being all paid off on time.
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.