Jaqueline is 37 years old and is married with eight children aged between 2 and 17. She lives in Ruhengeli in the Northern Province of Rwanda, Burera district, which is approximately two hours from Kigali city. This is touristy region where there is a National Park of gorillas.
Jaqueline, before being a businesswoman, was a farmer. However, the more her family kept growing, the more she was unable to get all the basic needs for them. This is the reason why she prefers to be a businesswoman rather than a farmer.
Jaqueline sells foodstuffs such as beans, sorghum, and so on and opens her shop from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. In this field of business she has two years experience and employs three people from her community as helpers so that her business runs well.
Jaqueline is requesting her first loan from Kiva lenders via vision Finance Company in order to purchase more foodstuffs to sell. Through selling larger quantities, she hopes to get a good result, which will help her to save money for her future and pay school fees for her children.
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.