Helena is 28 years old and is married with four children aged between 1 and 7 years. She and her family live in Musanze, which is approximately two hours drive from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.
Helena has been a proven entrepreneur, selling travel items for the past ten years. She employs three people in her business who work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sunday.
Helena is requesting her first loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company in order to purchase more travel bags and accessories for the purpose of expanding her business. With this expansion, she hopes to meet the growing demand for travel bags and to attract more customers to her shop. If this strategy is successful, she will earn more profit which she will reinvest in her business and be better able to provide for her family and loved ones.
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.