Xhevrije, this wonderful Egyptian sixty-five-year-old widowed mother of eight children and twenty grandchildren, has applied for a loan from VisionFund Albania to rebuild an animal stable. Kindly note that she’s been photographed here with two of her grandchildren, who she adores.
Xhevrije is respected by everyone in the rural village in northern Albania where they reside. “Even though life has been tough on her, coming from the vulnerable ethnicity community and being widowed in her forties, she still kept working all day to raise her children without complaining at all. Many of us offered Xhev some help when her husband passed away and she accepted it graciously. Her children are hard-workers, too,” said someone in her village.
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.