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Claudette is 41 years old and is married with three children who are 5, 7 and 11 years old. Claudette and her family live in Rulindo, a region of Ruhengeli situated in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Here, Claudette operates a business selling charcoal and this is her third successful year in this business.

When Claudette started her business, her clients were few but now the number of them has increased to the extent that she is unable to satisfy them. To end this, Claudette is requesting a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company so that she can purchase more sacks of charcoal for her business.

With this business expansion, Claudette hopes to earn more profits. With these profits, she will continue to take care of her family as well as saving for her 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
  • 25
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,391,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 570.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD