Liljana has been operating a bar café that has been frequented mostly by, let's say, the neighborhood’s mature men for the past three years. Now she wants to renovate the façade and the interior of the bar café. This is how the loan of 150,000 Albanian Lek that she is requesting from Kiva lenders will be used.
It has almost become a tradition in Albania in the recent years that residents discuss the top stories and topics on business and politics, and they can't wait to meet to share the news:) While in the cities, café bars are usually frequented by both genders, in the villages and towns these very same places are frequented almost 100% by mature men, where they spend sometime in the morning and evening, too, to say “hello” to each other.
This type of business can turn out to be a good one, but of course, it is a small family activity.
Liljana is married and has four children; they all live in a city in southeastern Albania.
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.