Lluka Nikollori worked and lived far away in the capital for years, while his childhood home, in Albania’s coastal village of Ilias, slowly deteriorated.
But now he’s back, and –at 80– is embarking on a new adventure.
A small grant helped him cover most of the costs for a new roof and facade on the century-old structure, using traditional architectural elements.
A grant is also paying half of what it is costing him to turn the place into a small bed and breakfast.
“There are two things I am doing this for. One, it is in order to maintain the legacy of my childhood home. And two, I will benefit economically,” says Nikollori.
The small grants which helped Nikollori to transform his home is part of Albania’s Coastal Village Conservation and Development Program, supported by the World Bank and other international donors.
The multi-faceted program aims at developing and promoting tourism in a sustainable way along Albania’s potentially tourist-rich southern coast line, through improving community infrastructure and promoting local construction traditions.