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Marie N. is 31 years old, married with 6 children aged between 6 months and 13 years. Marie lives in the northern province of Rwanda, Nyarwondo center where she has a shop in which she sells a variety of goods plus potatoes. Marie has been an entrepreneur selling a variety of goods in her shop for the past 10 years. She employs 3 people in her business. Her shop is open from 6AM to 4PM every day.

Marie is requesting her first loan from Vision Finance Company for the purpose expanding her shop through purchasing some additional goods for sale which she hopes will serve her existing customers better and perhaps attract new ones as well. With this loan, Marie expects that her business will make additional profits. With this extra money, she hopes to improve her life situation.

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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
  • 105
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,475,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 566.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD