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Llesh a 47-year-old married man and father of four children from northern Albania. His children range in ages: the oldest is 18 years old and the youngest is eight. Llesh himself comes from an extremely poor family and has lived under such conditions since he was born. To top it off, his family was persecuted as well, and that added to his suffering as a child until about ten years ago when the Area Development Program of World Vision Albania extended their help to him and his family.

Llesh has experience in the livestock activity, because that’s “what I practiced since I was very young and knowing nothing better, I love what I currently do,” he said looking down. “If my parents didn’t have plans for me because they simply couldn’t, I have for my children. I want to educate them all, in order for them to have a decent life different from mine,” he continued saying. Llesh is in immediate need of a loan to build a good sized stable, so that all the goats sleep warmer at nights.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of VisionFund Albania's value chain project designed to address the needs of extremely poor clients. The project has selected 90 clients from Area Development Projects and local economic empowerment projects run by WorldVision Albania (WVA) to serve the very poor. It will focus on livestock and agriculture financing, technical assistance, entrepreneurial skills training and expanding market access for clients' products. Importantly, interest rate payments will be covered by WVA. By supporting this loan, you are providing opportunity to some of the poorest people in rural Albania who have little to no access to credit, even through basic microfinance institutions.

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
  • $3,213,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 109.7
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,750 helped Llesh to build a good-sized stable for the goats.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
32 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 9, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014