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Uplifting minority communities in Albania

Suzana doesn’t let her heart condition stop her from providing for her family. She wants to make sure her family is provided with all their basic needs.

Suzana is one of 2,500 ethnically Egyptian people in Albania. As a minority, this community is financially marginalized and members often have difficulty accessing loans and proper health care.

Working is difficult for Suzana because she suffers from a heart condition. However, she has been able to provide for her family by growing crops on a small plot of her family’s land.

Suzana wanted to fix her home by installing a toilet and an adequate kitchen. This would cost her a lot of money, but she did not have access to banking in her community.

Instead,  she was able to get a Kiva loan to improve the conditions of her house. She says, “This loan allowed me to fix the toilet. It was essential for me to fix my house to let my family have better living conditions.”
In the future, she hopes to finish the bathroom and continue making repairs to her house to keep her family as safe and as comfortable as possible.

Click here to lend to people like Suzana to fix their homes.

About the author

Hassan Hijazi

Hassan is an Atlas Corps fellow from Jordan serving at Kiva as Impact and Storytelling fellow. He earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism and Media at University of Petra in Jordan. He worked for different non-profit organizations in Jordan for more than 7 years, 5 of which being in emergency response. His experience is in media, communications and advocacy.