Anila is a Roma Albanian who lives in the suburbs of a major city in southeastern Albania. 19, 10, and 2 are the ages of her three children. Unfortunately, neither one of the school-aged children goes to school, due to limited income, she says.
“Both of us, my spouse and me, do our best to work and provide for our children. I sell any type of item at a lower cost, and my husband collects and sells scrap for cash. We do what we can…” Anila said. “The loan I am applying for now, 100,000 Albanian Lek (ALL), I will be using to buy new beach items to resell to make a little extra income. It will be my first loan, yet I promise that I will pay it back on time,” she added.
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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.