Vjollca has been selling used items at the Roma market in her city for the last ten years. She comes from the Roma community and lives within the community. She is divorced and has only one fourteen-year-old child, and together they live under the extreme poverty level. Both of them work hard to earn some money to secure their living. Her son collects trash cans from the large trash bins of the city and sells them for cash.
Vjolica dreams of educating her son. Unfortunately, that dream won’t be fulfilled due to poverty reasons, because even though primary and secondary schools are free of any tuition fees, there are other costs associated with being a school goer, such as clothing and shoes and food…according to Vjollca.
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.