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Hyrishahe is from the Ashkali minority community. She is 26 years old and has 3 children between the ages of 7 months and 5 years old. She is busy at home taking care of the small children while her husband transports materials and goods for a small salary. As with most people that live in the Ashkali community, they live in a very old house under poor conditions. She would like to renovate their house but with the small salary from her husband, they have never been able to do it. Her furniture is very old and damaged, and the insulation in the home is poor. There are many drafts and leaks in bad weather. She would like to replace the doors and windows as well as purchase new furniture such as beds, sofa, and closets. She is hoping in the future to find a job and contribute to the family budget. She wants to thank all of the lenders!

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More information about this loan

This loan will support the economic aspirations of minority people in Kosovo. Roma people and ethnic Serbians have historically faced a tremendous amount of hardship in Kosovo, and are still socioeconomically and politically vulnerable. During the 1998-1999 war, the fighting displaced 250,000 people. Among those displaced were an estimated 80-90% of the region’s Roma population. Today, Roma and ethnic Serbians living in Kosovo still face discrimination and are excluded from many aspects of society, including fair political representation and high rates of unemployment. By supporting this loan you are helping provide opportunity to marginalized populations.

About KosInvest

KosInvest is a micro-enterprise development organization that provides loans to help people in rural Kosovo generate more income and improve their living conditions. It offers a wide range of loan products, from loans tailored to micro and small enterprises to loans designed to help women-headed households.

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 Kosovo

  • $7,600
    Average annual income
  • 5
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    Kosovo Loans Fundraising
  • $1,851,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 0.7
    Euro (EUR) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $1,400 helped Hyrishahe to replace doors and windows as well as purchase new furniture.
76% repaid
Repayment Term
22 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss: