Landi is a 33-year-old Romani man from the Roma ethnic community of Albania. He has no children and is not married. This is his first time applying for a loan through VisionFund Albania. The business that Landi has been involved in for the past five years has been selling used clothes and accessories, and this business has proved to be successful. In the city where he lives, many people who happen to be poor still consider buying used clothes versus new ones because the city's economy is not that strong there. The city is located in the center of Albania.
The loan he is applying for is to build a little place, sort of a store, so that he does not sell in the streets anymore. Landi is an energetic young man who has lots of plans for the future; he wants to get married and have children, build a house, and expand his business. He said, "I believe that I will fulfill my plans with time, with the drive and desire I have. And for this I need lenders' appreciation and help."
Landi thanks in advance all potential Kiva lenders.
More information about this loan
Roma and Egyptian populations living in Albania are considered vulnerable from a socioeconomic perspective and this loan would be used to support them.
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.