Ameli lived in Greece for about ten years, and it is there that he practiced his profession. Not only did he learn and practice carpentry, but he also learned techniques about stone/wood carving and has been practicing such skills lately, making and then selling carved items at the local market, in the city of Elbasan.
In the background of the photograph you can see some of his artwork: a water fountain, Mother Teresa, and two pigeons.
About VisionFund AlbaniaVisionFund 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.
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