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Suela is thirty years old, married, and has two children at a very young age. They all live in their native city in southern Albania. She has been working in the comfort of her own home for the past fifteen years, operating a dressmaking business where she provides custom-made clothing.

Suela has a large and steady clientele, and her services are in demand because custom-made clothes are less expensive compared to those sold in stores. Recently, her clientele has been growing because many residents who had immigrated to Greece are coming back due to the economic crisis in that country.

Even though she had saved some money for rainy days, she invested it elsewhere, and is falling short of money now that she has additional professional expenditures.

Suela is seeking lenders' appreciation, and her promise is that she will pay the loan back on time.

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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 Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 9
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,250,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 106.7
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $475 helped Suela to buy additional dressmaking accessories.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013