Salihe is a 51-year-old Roma woman who has been selling second-hand clothing at the Roma market for the past ten years. She lives in a major city in the central Albania, and is the only one in the family to bring an income home.The market where she sells is the biggest in Albania, and the most popular.
Every Roma who uses this market has pitched in money to build their booth; they also shared expenses on the common areas. Some of them even live there; they have some open concept, let’s say sort of rooms, with no water, toilets, or a kitchen. It’s just some beds on the floor, and these rooms serve as fitting rooms if needed.
The quality of clothes though is very good, because the majority of clothes are not donated, but are sold by kilos from stores from the nearby western countries. Romas are good at doing this type of activity.
Salihe wants to stock up on seasonal inventory items with this loan.
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.