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Christine is 45 years old and cares for two of her relatives who are 5 and 6 years old. Christine has a well-organized store that sells useful daily groceries such as flour, cooking oil, tomato paste and dried fish. She has plenty of experience having owned her store for 16 years. She employs one other person to help with the running of the store.

Christine is planning to use her loan to purchase sugar, flour and rice to sell. She will use the profits to pay for school fees for the two relatives she cares for on her own. She hopes that her business will allow her to satisfy the needs of those she cares for.

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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
  • 39
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,303,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 598.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD