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Gjele, who has been running her variety store for the past eight years, is in need of your financial help to stock up on inventory items. In addition to the variety store, she has been running another activity selling fruits and veggies at the local market of a nearby town and also dairy products that she and her husband produce in their own land and through the livestock activity.

“While I take care of the store, my husband goes to the market to sell the produce. But we both put an equal amount of physical work and timing into the agricultural business because it’s not that easy,” is what Gjele said at the interview.

Gjele resides in northern Albania, is 53 years old, married and has three children.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of VisionFund Albania's new startup loan program to help entrepreneurs with limited financial possibilities to start up a new business or restart a business that was closed due to lack of working capital.

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
  • 24
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,757,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 102.7
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,450 helped Gjele to stock up on inventory items for her variety store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
32 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014