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Lirie is a talented seamstress who hasn’t gone to any school to learn the skills she has been practicing during these past ten years.

Lirie advised: "My husband passed away long ago, leaving me helpless and hopeless. I was only 26 and now I had to care for four little ones. I did not know what to do. I was lost in my grief for a long time. My whole world was shattered and I could not let go of the grief. It was strong and I suffered, no doubt. But at the same time I had to get up and think about my children, who needed to be fed and educated. This is what made me start the clothing alterations at first and then gradually I got to the sewing activity. I stitch curtains, drapes, sheets and pillow cases and some other things”.

Lirie is pictured with some her her finished items. With this loan, Lirie would like to buy some fabric and other raw materials.

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
  • 6
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,213,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 109.6
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,850 helped Lirie to buy raw fabric material for her sewing business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 28, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2015