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Kindly note that the photo of Burbuqe has been taken at the soon-to-be hair salon, and this is why there is not much displayed in the picture. This start-up loan will enable her to buy equipment and accessories to be used in her new hair salon.

Based on thorough research of existing beauty salons in her area, Burbuqe found out that there was a demand for such places/services. She decided to start up such an operation, and she has expressed her passion about it. She worked as a hair stylist in Greece; she lived there for a very long time. Yet, before immigrating to Greece, she was a hair stylist in her home city as well.

Recently, due to the economic difficulties in Greece, she came back to that city and is trying to put her skills to use again. “This will be it - no more moving around. I’m here for good this time. I like it here, it’s my home,” she said, sounding content with her decision.

Burbuqe is married and has three children.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of VisionFund Albania's new startup loan program to help entrepreneurs with limited financial possibilities to start up a new business or restart a business that was closed due to lack of working capital.

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.

About Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 29
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,737,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 107.9
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,800 helped Burbuqe to start up a hair salon business in her homeland.
78% repaid
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 26, 2013
Jul 3, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss: