Brigite owns her small general store, which sells everything from clothes and towels to cups and plates. She has owned this shop for just two years and employs one other person. Their working hours are from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
With this loan, Brigite will have capital to expand her offerings and attract new customers and hopefully earn a greater profit to improve her standard of living.
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.
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