Ramazan is a member of the ethnic vulnerable minority community of Egyptian Albanians. He now lives in a village with his wife and two grown-up children, but before that, just like almost every other Egyptian, he was living in a rural area.
Ramazan said "the democracy in Albania these past 20 years brought so many positive changes to our community that we are grateful for; we live just like everyone else and there is no stigma associated to our community anymore. We can also live wherever we wish, without being told how and where to live. We live a normal and happy life just like others and we are extremely thankful to the newest government systems”.
Ramazan has been making tools for the past ten years and now he wants to buy some more iron material to produce them.
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.