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Manushaqe, a 39-year-old hardworking Egyptian woman, is married and has three children, two of whom still attend school. The family resides in northern Albania under extreme poverty.

Manushaqe and her husband, Dylber, photographed here, buy and sell scrap metal for cash. They not only search for such items in the cities’ and towns’ large trash bins, but they drive around the region to buy scrap from locals. They have been carrying out this activity for the past ten years. It has been steady and somewhat profitable.

Manushaqe is applying for this loan because she and her husband need money to buy more scrap. Dylber is also talented at repairing vehicles and his dream is to someday have the opportunity to do so.

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
  • 29
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,047,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 104.9
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $975 helped Manushaqe to buy more scrap.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2014