A loan of $950 helped to fix a collapsed wall in their home and use the rest of the loan for her husband's little shoe repair services.


Lirika's story

Nikolla is an Egyptian Albanian and the father of six children. He repairs shoes. His wife Lirika, who is not in the picture because she felt uncomfortable being photographed, is requesting a loan of 100,000 Albanian Lek to fix a collapsed wall in their home and to use the rest of the loan for Nikolla’s little shoe repair business. They are indeed poor according to VFA’s poverty measurement tools and they try very hard to earn a bit of money for themselves.

“We are retirees now and we sometimes need medications and our pension is not enough. It is approximately $100/month for both [of us], when the price of medication is so very high. But anyhow, what else can we rather do than trying. People in the villages around need my services, thank God,” Nikolla said.



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