Residents of a little town in the southeastern Albania where Bedrije resides, who happen to have known her for long time, have commented on Bedrije as being “the nicest and the most peaceful lady in the town."
She is a married vulnerable ethnic Egyptian and has a 19-year-old child. For the past almost 10 years, she’s been offering repairing/sewing services out of her home, in an attempt to make a little income for her family. Kindly note that she has been the only money-maker for their family of three for a very long time, since her husband could not find an odd job that he’s been looking for.
The loan that Bedrije is requesting is to purchase a TV and a washing machine. This will be her first loan from the institution, yet “there is no doubt that I won’t pay the loan in full and on time,” she stated.
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.