Martin owns a business selling cassava. His business is well-known, as well as organized. He employs three people as helpers so that his business runs smoothly. Martin has four years experience in his business. The hours of his business are from 6am until 9pm every day.
Martin has requested his first loan from KIva lenders, via Vision Finance Company, in order to purchase more cassava. That will help him to satisfy his many customers of cassava. Martin will then be able to earn more profits to be reinvested in his business, and will save money for his future.
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.
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