Gentjan is an Egyptian Albanian who wants to buy used shoes and clothes to resell. A little loan of 70,000 Albanian Lek will help him buy the items he needs. Gentjan is a 35-year-old hard-worker and married father of four children with the oldest one being 15 and the youngest 1 year old. Unlike other members of his community who live in the outskirts of major cities, he and his family have settled in a village near a major city in central Albania. At the same time as he has been buying and selling second hand items, he has been working full time in metallurgy. “I want to educate my children. It is my dream. My wife is a stay-at-home mother and I am the only one to bring an income home. I love working hard,” said Gentjan.
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.