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Dhurata has four young children and she is forty. They live in a village in the southeastern part of the country. Their region has been known for their traditional ‘melt in your mouth pies’ that are baked in a very primitive way.

Here is the process; after they burn wood, on top of the coals, they put the dish and cover it with a lid called ‘saç’ with coals on top of that and ‘voila’ whether there was spinach or cheese or tomato with onions filling in the pie, it was just something else. It has also been traditional in their region that women wore an apron just like Dhurata in the picture.

Up to now, Dhurata has had goats at home and she wants to add some dairy cows also. So far she has been selling the raw milk to some dairy farm in their vicinity where they produce goat cheese, specifically.

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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
  • $3,213,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 106.2
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,425 helped Dhurata to buy a dairy cow.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
33 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 23, 2013
Aug 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2016