Manjela is an Egyptian Albanian and is requesting a loan to pay off her university fees.
She is a 24-year-old married mother of this 2-year-old adorable daughter who is in the photo with her. They reside in a city with a large number of ethnic Egyptian Albanian people. “I have been going to school to become a teacher, which has been my dream for a very long time. I can’t wait to finish my studies, write my exams and then hopefully find a job in my field. There are schools serving particularly our community where I can teach. At the same time though, I have been selling used-clothes in order to make a little income. My husband, too, has been working as a waiter. We both are young and hard-workers, and we hope that someday we will see the benefit of working hard,” Manjela said.
“This is my first time applying for a loan, but knowing myself very well, I would ensure Kiva’s potential lenders that I will pay the loan on time,” she ended saying.
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.