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Claudette is 23 years old, married without children or dependents. She lives in the southern province of Rwanda near the Forest of Nyungwe Park which is approximately 3 hours' drive from the capital of Rwanda.

Claudette, before doing this business, was a farmer but she could not earn enough to take care of her family and this is the reason why she decided to start a business beginning 5 years ago.

By now, Claudette is a successful businesswoman who has her own shop with different kinds of products such as: undergarments, shoes, cosmetics,and household items. Claudette is requesting her first loan from Vision Finance Company and Kiva lenders to help her to purchase more inventory for her store and hopefully attract more customers which will mean more profits for her business.

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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
  • 9
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,437,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 568.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD