Marjana operates a grocery store in Korça, the city of her residence. The loan she is requesting would be used to buy a refrigerator and add counters to the store.
She is married and has two children. While she runs the store, her husband works in the drainage boarding of the city.
For several years, the art and music remained a hereditary tradition amongst all classes, with the serenade still going strong. Every year, there is a festival of the serenade that is organized by the municipality; hundreds of people visit the city to watch this festive activity. Another organized festival is that of Santa Children who parade in the streets of the city and the main boulevard between Christmas and New Year's.
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.