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Olimbi is 37 and has three children who are 13, 11 and 9 years old. Corn and wheat are what her focus has been on during the past 20 years. She has been selling the corn to the local primitive mills and the wheat to bakeries.

Olimbi plants other veggies as well but in small quantities. “It is lots of work and my husband helps me, otherwise, I would not be able to do it all on my own. It is physical work…, “she sighed. “Sometimes in the beginning of spring, when our plants are still very small, rain goes on for long time and literally, it damages the crops. Whatever we had invested in goes in vain,” Olimbi said.

Olimbi will use this loan to buy pesticides for the crops

Additional Information

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
  • 8
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,213,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 109.4
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $475 helped Olimbi to buy pesticides for her corn and wheat crops.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
May 22, 2013
May 29, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014