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Family Economic Empowerment Supports Child Wellbeing


Bukurije Dedaj is a divorced woman, who for some time lived together with her children in the residential center of Elbasan.  Now they live   in a rented house. Every month Bukurije struggles with finding the money to pay the rent.  She has no income other than economic assistance from Elbasan Municipality.

Bukurije has had a very hard life, and being divorced in the last years, made her life much harder. She has to provide food for the three children she takes care of, and this is not easy for her. 


Bukurije had tried to get a loan on her own but she has been always rejected due to lack of collateral. Common Actions against Poverty (CAAP – www.caap-al.org) brought the opportunity to her just in time.

Funded and supported by Terre des hommes, a Swiss child rights organization, and in partnership with Opportunity Albania, a micro-credit institution, CAAP helped Bukurije in March 2009 with a grant and a loan to start her own income generation activity of chicken trade.  She sells chicken in the street in  Elbasan Market. She puts a low profit margin for the chicken, as she wants to sell them all. Bukurije buys chicken in the morning from farmers and tries to sell them all during the day because she does not have a place at home where to keep the chicken. Bukurie makes about 1,000 ($10) profit a day.

Bukurije is happy with her new business. She is happy that she is able to provide better food for her children and send them to school.   She saves little money every day to pay the loan and to buy a hen coop to store her chicken and thus expand her business.  And in the long run, she plans to buy a shop, and most important of all, to get a proper education for her children.

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