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Ameli is a 28-year-old carpenter by profession who wants to repair the roofing of his family’s house. Ameli is not married yet; hence he lives with his parents and two other siblings in accordance with the rural traditions.

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.

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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
  • 21
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $2,741,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 101.4
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Ameli to repair the roofing of his family's home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2015