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Shkelqim, whose name means “shiny” in English, wants to make some repairs to their family home. He is 34 and has two children, 8 and 6 years old. He is photographed inside the stable.

Shkelqim’s main activity is agriculture / livestock; yet he works as a concierge / security guard in a nearby hotel. His family lives in a little village, covered in green, not far from the city of Elbasan. These last ten years, the city and the village have expanded; hence, the village is now considered suburbia. Living in suburbia makes it easier for villagers to bring their fresh produce to the farmers’ market in the city.

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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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.


About Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 27
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,878,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 101.6
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Shkelqim to make basic repairs to their family home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 18, 2015