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Elisee is 37 years old, married with three children ages 2,6 and 9 and he takes care of one dependent. Elisee and his family live in Gisenyi, a city in the northern province of Rwanda. Gisenyi is on Lake Kivu and is approximately three hours drive from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Here, Elisee has been a proven entrepreneur working as a carpenter for the past four years. In his business, he employs 5 people who start working from 7 AM to 6 PM every day except Saturday.

Elisee is requesting his first loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company for the purpose of purchasing some additional equipment and supplies to be used in his business. He expects that his work quality will improve with these additional items and supplies. With this additional equipment Elisee hopes to attract more customers as well as earn more profit than previously. With this profit, Elisee hopes that his life will change progressively as he can make more money through his efforts. Elisee plans to continue to pay school fees and provide more food for his children. In addition to that, he will set aside some savings for their future.

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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
  • 101
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,479,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 566.4
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD