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Jelena is 25 years old and comes from a vulnerable ethnic minority community. She is married and has one boy who is 4 years old. Jelena works in a kindergarten and her husband works as a driver. Many people from these minority communities in Kosovo, such as Jelena’s and her family, live in extremely poor conditions. They lack access to proper nutrition and care, as well as being exposed to unsanitary conditions.

The money that she and her husband generate is not enough to cover all of the daily living expenses. Although keeping food on the table is difficult at this time, Jelena remains optimistic. She is always smiling.

The toilet that they have is very old. Jelena recently requested a loan to improve her family's living conditions, starting with renovating the toilet. She promises she will repay the loan on time. She is very grateful to the KIVA lenders for improving her family’s living conditions and contributing to her child’s overall health.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan will support the economic aspirations of minority people in Kosovo. Roma people and ethnic Serbians have historically faced a tremendous amount of hardship in Kosovo, and are still socioeconomically and politically vulnerable. During the 1998-1999 war, the fighting displaced 250,000 people. Among those displaced were an estimated 80-90% of the region’s Roma population. Today, Roma and ethnic Serbians living in Kosovo still face discrimination and are excluded from many aspects of society, including fair political representation and high rates of unemployment. By supporting this loan you are helping provide opportunity to marginalized populations.

About KosInvest

KosInvest is a micro-enterprise development organization that provides loans to help people in rural Kosovo generate more income and improve their living conditions. It offers a wide range of loan products, from loans tailored to micro and small enterprises to loans designed to help women-headed households.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Kosovo

  • $7,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Kosovo Loans Fundraising
  • $1,800,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 0.8
    Euro (EUR) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,050 helped Jelena to renovate the toilet.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 8, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014