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Farida U. is 29 years old, married with 3 children ages 6,8 and 12. Farida lives in the Musanze district of Ruhengeli in a northern province of Rwanda. Here, she owns a shop selling small fish (called “Indagara”) from Lake Kivu which is in the western part of Rwanda. She has worked in this business since 1999 and she employs four people from her community. Her business is open from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening seven days per week.

Farida is requesting her seventh loan from Vision Finance Company so that she can continue to access credit in order to increase her business through buying more Indagara/fish.

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About Vision Finance Company s.a – Rwanda (VFC)

Vision Finance Company (VFC) was Kiva's first partner in Rwanda. Established in 1999, VFC is an affiliate of World Vision International. Since its founding, VFC has been committed to alleviating poverty in Rwanda by ensuring that poor people have access to credit to support business initiatives that will improve their life circumstances.

VFC has a broad set of products and services, offering Community Banking services for self-selected groups of 10-30 borrowers, Solidarity Group services for more experienced groups of entrepreneurs, and Individual Loans for customers who already have a small established business. Vision Finance is also among the very few financial institutions targeting farmers and providing agricultural credit options in Rwanda, where access to credit is critical to the success of agricultural enterprises.

About Rwanda

  • $1,000
    Average annual income
  • 101
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,479,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 567.5
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD