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Elizabeth
Elizabeth is 39 years old and is married with four children between ages 6 and 14. Elizabeth is well-known in her area for selling cosmetics, mainly body lotion. This is her third year in this business, which is open from 8 am until 7 pm every day.

Elizabeth has requested a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company to expand her business by adding more cosmetic products. Her neighborhood is the right place to sell cosmetics because there are boarding schools in the area and many students who like to buy cosmetics. With this business expansion, Elizabeth will keep saving for further reinvestment in her business.

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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
  • 81
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $12,395,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 588.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD