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Lulezim is a Roma man who has been selling fabric raw material for the past ten years in the city of his residence. Lulezim goes to Turkey to stock up on fabric to sell. He is requesting his first loan to stock up on raw material.

Many people of his community have been pursuing the same type of activity since the collapse of the communist regime and they have been successful at it. They have been able to build good lives for their families. Albanians like to have their clothes custom made rather than buying them off the rack. One reason for this is that it is less expensive. The second reason is that under the previous regime there were no clothes in the stores so everyone would go to tailors to have them stitched.

Lulezim has three young children who are ten, nine and seven years old and all of them attend school. They live in a main city in south central Albania.

Additional Information

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.


About Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 33
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,893,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 106.1
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD
A loan of $1,900 helped Lulezim to stock up on fabric raw material.
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 30, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 14, 2013