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Marthe N. is 48 years old. She is married and has 8 children between the ages of 10 to 25 years old. She lives in the Northern Province of Rwanda where she has sold potatoes for the past 4 years. She employs 3 people from her community in her business. Her business requires that she work from 8 AM to 4 PM every day.

Marthe is requesting her first loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company. She wants to purchase larger quantities of potatoes at lower prices due to greater volume. With this loan, Marthe hopes to attract more customers to her shop and, hopefully, to earn more profit in the process. This, in turn, will allow her and her devoted husband to build a more secure future for their family.

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More information about this loan

This loan helps low-income entrepreneurs in Rwanda grow their businesses and, ultimately, to support their families. These loans typically serve very poor and rural clients and particularly women, who often lack access to the traditional collateral needed for a loan. VFC serves these entrepreneurs through both individual and group loans and provides them with financial education and tools for them to save money for the future. By supporting this loan, you are helping Rwandan entrepreneurs build the means to support their families and improve their lives.

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

Vision Finance Company, soon to be known as Vision Fund Rwanda (VFR), is the microfinance subsidiary of World Vision and is one of the largest microfinance institutions serving rural underprivileged communities in Rwanda, many of which do not have access to formal financial services.

VFC serves people and communities that are economically productive but low-income, especially in very rural areas. This includes small business owners and salary earners who are looking for opportunities to provide better lives for their families and a promising future for their children.

About Rwanda

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 64
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $15,272,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 565.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Marthe to buy potatoes in bulk.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 4, 2009
Nov 5, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2010