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Marie is 56 years old, married with three children who are 24, 26, and 35 years old. Marie is widely known as a self-employed businesswoman selling a variety of goods in her shop mainly tomatoes, juice, soda, biscuits, etc. She has been working hard at this business for about 5 years and the hours of her business are from 6 am to 6 pm every day.

After realizing that a large number of her customers were suggesting to her to sell foodstuffs, mainly rice, Irish potatoes, and beans, Marie decided to request a Kiva loan so that she can satisfy the demand of her customers through selling the above-mentioned goods. With this additional business, Marie will hopefully earn more profits, which in turn will allow her to keep reinvesting in her business as well as taking care of 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
  • 94
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,450,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 574.1
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD