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Manjola is an Egyptian Albanian and is photographed here with her husband, Naim. Manjola is 28 and together they have two children, 7 and 5. The older of the two was supposed to attend public school, yet they claim that is very difficult due to their lack of an adequate income. They live in a town of approximately 10,000 residents in northern Albania.

Manjola and Naim collect and sell scrap metal and plastic and they have been doing this activity for almost five years. The factory complex that they sell to is not far from their town; thus, they consider themselves lucky that they don’t waste fuel for the transportation vehicle seen here in the photo.

The loan that Manjola is requesting now will be used to pay for the scrap.

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
  • 31
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,025,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 104.9
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,450 helped Manjola to pay for scrap metal and plastic to resell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 18, 2015