Ardiana is an Egyptian who lives in southeastern Albania. She divorced her husband almost six years ago after he emigrated to Greece and left her to raise their 2-year-old child who now attends the public school.
”It’s been very difficult for me financially since then, but I try hard to secure food and necessary school items for my child. I have been very fortunate to be able to get loans from VisionFund Albania. This would be my fifth loan from this institution and I am very thankful to them for all their help. I buy used clothes and resell them. I don’t have a particular booth or place here in the city to sell; I sell in the villages and this makes it easier for me because there is almost no competition,” she said.
Ardiana wants to buy some used items with the loan she is applying for and resell them. She is requesting 60,000 Albanian Lek for this.
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.