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Mirije is a 55-year-old Egyptian and was photographed with her grandchildren inside the home where she wants to make some repairs, with this loan, particularly in the kitchen and balcony. Mirije and her family live in a village, unlike the majority of her ethnic community members, who live either in suburbia or in the city. She engages in agriculture for a living, planting and selling potatoes, beans, corn and wheat to wholesale buyers, whereas her husband works as a night watchman man in a metals factory. They are the parents of three children and grandparents of six grandchildren. In the village where they live, agriculture is very prevalent; in particular, people grow wheat, corn, onions, potatoes and fodder, and they also have cherry, plum and apple orchards.

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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.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.


About Albania

  • $10,700
    Average annual income
  • 31
    View loans »
    Albania Loans Fundraising
  • $3,025,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 102.8
    Albania Leke (ALL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $975 helped Mirije to make minor repairs to their poorly built family home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2015