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Marie is 37, married with five children aged between 3 and 11. She lives in the southern province of Rwanda where her shop has been located since 2003. So, for the past 6 years, Marie has been in retail business selling a variety of goods including; rice, sugar, soap, etc. In her shop, Marie employs one person as a helper so that her business runs well.

Marie is requesting her first loan from Vision Finance Company and Kiva lenders in order to purchase more inventory that will help her to serve more customers from her community. She is hopeful that this will result in greater profits which will help to provide a more secure future for her family.

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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
  • 103
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,479,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 568.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD