A loan of $2,800 helps a widowed mother of two pay for her son's medical clinic expenses and repair her family's current shelter from the earthquake's damages.


Vera's story

Vera, a 47-year-old widow from north Albania, is mother of two, a 21-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son. Several years ago Vera lost her husband and since then has worked really hard to provide for her children. She works in a bakery full-time, while during the evenings she goes to take care of a couple of elders.

Until November 2019, Vera and her children were living a their flat in Lac city, but after the earthquake the building got badly damaged and it was collapsed by the state. Until the new building gets built, she and her children are living at her brother's house, in a nearby village.

"Thanks to God we are alive, but the consequences of the earthquake were very hard for us. We lost our house and my son is still feeling very anxious! I want to help him to get specialized treatments so he will recover his health and be able to lead a normal life again. Part of the loan I am going to use to make some repairs at my brother's house. Since they have been living abroad in a long time now, the house needs some repairs!" said Vera during the interview.

Vera thanks you all for your support and wishes all the best to all Kiva lenders.


This loan is special because:

It supports women in a country where financing options are scarce.

Kendra Thorogood, Kiva staff

Kendra Thorogood
Kiva staff



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*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.