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Drita, a mother of three children, is in her fifties. She is a Romani woman from one of the most vulnerable ethnic minority communities of south central Albania. Like almost everyone in her ethnic neighborhood, Drita has been selling used clothes in the Roma clothing market in her city that is known as the largest in Albania.

She has been doing this for the past 20 years and has no plans to stop any time soon. She claims that she makes an income from it. Now that her children are somewhat independent, she plans on improving their poor living conditions with the little money she might be able to save.

Drita is requesting a loan of 150,000 Albanian Lek from VisionFund Albania, in order to buy more seasonal used clothes to resell.

Additional Information

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.

About Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 14
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,256,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 107.9
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,400 helped Drita to buy seasonal used clothes to resell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013