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Majlinda’s 27-year-old unmarried son passed away about a year ago and four months after him, her husband passed way as well. Majlinda is 47 and has her 18-year-old daughter now. “My husband was struck from the grief from the death of our son, and that caused him a deadly heart attack,” said Majlinda.

Majlinda owns a little bar café on a main floor of the building where she and her daughter rent. Next to this, there is a little shop that she wants to open as a variety store. Her daughter can run it while she continues her university studies, and Majlinda will help her as well while she goes to school. The good thing is that there is no such a store in that neighborhood.

Majlinda herself has worked in a factory where they made rugs and carpets, and she enjoys making her own rugs using the loom once in a while.

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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
  • 9
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    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,213,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 102.5
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,975 helped Majlinda to open up a variety store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2015