Myzejen requests a first time loan to increase her stock of second-hand clothing to resell. For the past ten years, she has been buying and reselling such items in the market of a city in southern Albania.
Myzejen, a 53-year-old mother of a 14-year-old son with disabilities, is an Egyptian from the most vulnerable ethnic minority of Albania. This photograph is taken in front of her own so called “home”. Some members of this community live under difficult circumstances with no water and sanitation. Poor nutrition is also a problem. Those members who haven’t excelled even under the new regime, still live in suburbia and under similar conditions to Myzejen. Other members who have done well have moved out of their community to avoid the stigma.
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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.