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Chantal is 27 years old and is married with two children aged 1 and 4 years old. She lives in the Kayonza district approximately an hour and a half drive from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. It is in this district where Chantal has had a shop selling a variety of goods since 2002 as the photo indicates. Chantal starts her business at 5 a.m. and finishes at 9 p.m. every day.

Chantal is requesting her first loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company for the purpose of expanding her shop through purchasing some additional goods for sale. She hopes that this will attract more customers to her shop as there seems to be demand for these items she plans to purchase.

If successful, any profits from this strategy Chantal will use to build a more secure future for her children.

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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
  • 30
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $14,311,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 568.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD