Lirije is a married Roma Albanian in her fifties. She has only one child, who is nineteen years old. The city where she and her family live is a major one in southeastern Albania.
“Almost all members of our community enjoy buying/selling items, whether new or used, and I do too. I have been selling now for almost ten years and have made an okay income, not bad for this type of activity” Lirije said, smiling.
“I want to buy used items for the summer season at the moment and after that resell them; this is why I need this loan. I want to thank in advance whoever will be kind enough to lend to me. As little as 70,000 Albanian Lek (ALL) will help me to achieve my current plan,” Lirije added.
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.