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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.

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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
  • 21
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,429,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 568.7
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD