Aferdita is a 58-year-old Egyptian mother of only one daughter, who was married and had one daughter of her own. About two years ago, Aferdita's daughter got divorced and unfortunately became paralyzed at the same time. Thus, Aferdita has been left to care for both her daughter and granddaughter.
“It’s a blessing for me, they are not a burden at all,” said Aferdita. “When my daughter and granddaughter came home, I knew that I had to do something extra to earn more money to support them. At that time I had only one job. I had been working in a local hospital as a janitor for long time. With some savings I had, I bought a sewing machine and some fabric, raw material,” she added.
“I need to buy some more fabric though,” Aferdita continued.
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.