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Diane is 29 years old and married, and she has two children, ages 2 and 4 years old. Diane is well-known in the food business. She sells food such as beans, rice, and Irish potatoes. This is her third successful year in this business. The hours of her business are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Saturday.

Diane struggles to make a profit and believes that she is unable to satisfy her customer needs. A small amount of additional capital would help her business to grow in a meaningful way. She is requesting a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company to purchase a large quantity of additional goods which, hopefully, will satisfy the demand of her customers and increase her sales. If her notion to expand her products is successful, Diane will be able to build her business and a secure future for her family.

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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
  • 8
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,437,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 581.5
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD