She was just 4 years old when her family brought her to Shendelli village. All that she remembers about her childhood is poverty and misery. She grew up in a large family, in which the father knew everything and ran the family without considering anybody else’s opinion.
This young lady, with a love of knowledge, was only allowed to go to primary school, when she was 9 years old she left her books forever. She grew up without doubting any of the family rules, such as the priority”that a good girl stays at home in the village the bad ones go out “. She fell in love with the last but one child of a family of eight boys, two of whom were killed by blood feud, one of them is convicted for life because of this deed. All the rest hide themselves in Shendelli village. The youngest of this family is one of the drug dealers most wanted by the police. She was too young to understand all the problems that in a minute would become hers, leaving herself in the arms of this love. The family knew everything, yet she find herself engaged at just 17 years old. How can a lovely girl such as her deal with problems she is about to face and educate her husband to a better way of life. She describes her husband not as a problem like his brothers, at least he respects his family and her health needs, her needs regarding intimacy, on decision-making. However he has no understanding of her right to freedom which he takes from her, not allowing her to become empowered, to continue her learning. It is a mutually closed relationship, which preserves family harmony in their lack of freedoms.
She builds a beautiful family even in her struggles for fulfillment, she brings to life 2 beautiful boys that gives her a reason to live. She struggles to keep them away from the influence of their uncles. This young lady is skilled and very creative. Even in her difficult moments she loved to create her own crafts, to be authentic. This talented girl, developed the charm and respect of other women in the village, making her a leader and a responsible person for helping other women of her village to improve their living and find their own freedom. With the help of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, this talented women is being supported to have her own social enterprise. She now leads 15 women, she manages her group who had their own market in the national heritage Butrinti Park, in the middle of ancient magic and modern challenges . She encourages the group to be authentic and to work with passion not just for winning money, but to have a high standard for all they do. With the help of the MWL psychologist, Zana Guri, she is working to build up her confidence and to be true with herself, to let herself be free to increase her capacity, to change and to share her hope with the other members of the group. She was part of a cooking vocational training organised at Mary Ward Loreto Centre in Shendelli, and she led the 22 women who participated in the training. She was curious and learnt gently. Now with the support of the key worker, she is encouraging the group to take business initiatives. It is amazing how these women are becoming empowered even though they face many challenges and struggles which prevent these women from being free. They have a vital energy for a better life for their children, it is truly inspiring.