Kleopatra is a 25-year-old seamstress who offers her services only to females in her city. She now wants to stock up on raw fabric material. Four years ago she started her clothing repair & alterations shop and, according to her, she has been generating a good income throughout the years.
“I went to university and finished my studies with good grades, but I gave it all up because my passion then was for what I do now. I totally love it. I learned the skills on my own. While still a student, I worked in this field from home to pay off my tuition fees and help myself and my family. I love talking to people and serving them; I also happen to love very much the end result of my work and the smiles on people’s faces after they have received my services,” Kleopatra said.
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.