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Partner Description:
VisionFund Albania (VFA) is owned by VisionFund International, the microfinance-focused subsidiary of World Vision International.
 
VFA works in both rural and urban areas of Albania, offering a range of loans and financial services tailored to meet the needs of its poor and traditionally underserved clients. As Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, VFA’s services fill an important need: providing traditionally “unbankable” clients access to capital.
 
A unique lending approach:
 
A portion of VFA’s active clients are members of Albania’s Roma and Egyptian communities, which are the most vulnerable ethnic minorities in the country. People from these communities tend to earn a living from informal work in agriculture, reselling, or recycling, meaning that their unemployment and poverty rates are extremely high.
 
With a social mission that distinguishes it from other banks and microfinance institutions, VFA has tremendous potential to serve Albania with microfinance solutions targeted to the poor. The organization offers agriculture, household, and social loans designed to improve child welfare. VFA also offers special ‘startup loans’ at lower interest rates to encourage micro-entrepreneurs to start income-generating businesses to support their families.
 
Around 8% of VFA’s loans are disbursed to particularly vulnerable populations, and over 50% of the loans are disbursed to women.
 
 


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva May 17, 2012 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $2,084,350 $669,856,500
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $364,525
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 160
Amount of Paying Back Loans $1,290,800 $132,083,825
Number of Paying Back Loans 827 146,491
Amount of Ended Loans $793,550 $537,408,150
Number of Ended Loans 687 672,218
Delinquency Rate 1.70% 5.95%
Amount in Arrears $13,733 $5,199,187
Outstanding Portfolio $808,384 $87,402,813
Number of Loans Delinquent 93 21,164
Default Rate 2.90% 1.14%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $22,986 $6,125,366
Amount of Ended Loans $793,550 $537,408,150
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 40 18,798
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.93% 0.20%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $19,462 $1,316,748
Refund Rate 0.32% 0.70%
Amount of Refunded Loans $6,675 $4,720,150
Number of Refunded Loans 5 5,237

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 58.40% 74.23%
Average Loan Size $1,377 $417
Average Individual Loan Size $1,377 $655
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,839
Average number of borrowers per group 0 8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $7,800 $3,386
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 17.65% 12.31%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 8.08 days 6.06 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $170.29 $68.78
  Average Loan Term 20.71 months 10.64 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 768 331,746
  Journaling Rate 96.19% 41.65%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.01 0.07
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.00 1.67

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2013 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 29% PY 28.00% PY 32.63% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -3.6% -6.7% -1.90%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) 19.50% 54.00% 19.71%

Country Fast Facts

Field Partner Staff

Zamira Adili
Erjon Cano
Hurma Gega
Bianka Gjikondi
Mariela Gjylapi
Lulzime Hyka
Eriselda Marku
Genti Mico
Dorian Pali
Ervin Pecuni
Erion Qosja
Daniela Qyra
Gentiana Sheshi
Dhurata Vrenozi

Kiva Fellow(s)

Annie Lydens