Rape is a Roma and a mother of seven children who is applying for a loan for the first time. She will use this one to stock up on used clothing and home hardware inventory items to resell. She has been running this activity for about 10 years and has purchased the used items from Greece. Since the economy now is not that great in the nearby country, unfortunately, she is planning to use other venues.
“I liked dealing with Greeks, though, due to their generosity and also being loving and happy people. I had even learned a bit of their language and that made it easier for me and fun interactions. Let’s hope that these good people’s country gets out of the current situation soon and I continue my business relations like before,” said Rape.
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.