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Leoncie is 42 years old, she is married, and she has one child 12 years old. Leoncie lives in the Ngoma, a region of Rwamagana situated in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Here, Leoncie has a business sewing various models of clothes. She has been in this business for about twenty-five years and she starts sewing early in the morning hours until late in the evening.

Leoncie needs to request a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company so that she can expand her business through adding more sewing machines. With these additional sewing machines, Leoncie hopes to sew different styles of clothes which in turn will attract more customers.

With this loan, Leoncie hopes to create more jobs for the people in her community and she also hopes to earn more profits than previously.

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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
  • 38
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,303,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 573.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD