Natasha is a 48-year-old, ethnic Egyptian Albanian. She lives in a main city, in the southeastern part of the country. She is married and has two children, who are in their early 20s. Her husband has a little construction activity going on; he does painting and flooring as well. Even though he has been the only one to provide an income for their family through this activity for the past twenty years, it has not been bad at all, according to Natasha. “I help him as well, because there are some things that I can do in the business, besides staying home and taking care of our family,” said Natasha.
The loan that she is requesting this time will be her third one. The previous ones have been paid off. Natasha needs this loan, because they want to stock up on gallons of paint and other necessary items used in the construction industry.
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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.