Agim is in his early fifties and married with four children; three of his own who are attending public school, and one adopted son from his wife who is now married. Agim and his family are Romas and they are very much respected in their neighborhood and in other communities in their city. Agim lives in Albania and sees himself as integrated within the society; his family has learned the Albanian language and he has sent his children to schools. He believes his family lives better than others.
For the past twenty years, Agim has been selling used clothes. His income has been is somewhat okay, he claims. He is requesting a Kiva loan via VisionFund Albania to buy more used fall and winter to sell. Agim remains positive that his loan will help him financially.
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.