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Vanessa, 34, is married with one child. Her husband works as a driver. She sells bags and other goods in the Nyarugenge district of Rwanda. She has been in this business for about three years and her shop is open from 7am to 6pm every day except Saturdays.

Vanessa will use this loan to expand her business by adding more goods. Any profits made from the use of this loan will be reinvested in her business and she will be able to buy her own house for the 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
  • 38
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,303,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 592.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD