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Merushe and her husband Sami have been photographed here with their five-year-old son who was born with autism. They have two other older children. The regular treatment that their son gets is very expensive in Albania, since there is a scarcity of such services or centers in the country, even though autism is spreading rapidly in the country.

Merushe and Sami want to add a dairy cow to their existing herd. They have been selling fresh dairy and agricultural produce for the past three years. In addition, Merushe makes wool rugs and sells them. By helping Merushe, you have already helped her little son to get the proper services for his disease.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of VisionFund Albania's new startup loan program to help entrepreneurs with limited financial possibilities to start up a new business or restart a business that was closed due to lack of working capital.

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
  • 10
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,256,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 103.7
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,900 helped Merushe to buy a milk cow.
74% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 21, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss: