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Immaculee, age 45, owns and operates a well-organized general store business where she sells goods such as lotions, soap, rice, bread, and sugar. She has 15 years of experience in her business and works from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day except Saturday. Immaculee currently employs two people to help her. She and her husband have five children between the ages of three and 22 years old .

Immaculee has requested a loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company in order to expand the inventory of her boutique. She will be purchasing different goods to sell, such as salt, beans, soft drinks, and radios. With the profit, Immaculee will reinvest in her business, pay school fees for her children, and save for her future.

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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
  • 49
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $12,343,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 593.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD