Helene has a boutique where she sells soap, body lotion, bread, etc. She has four years' experience and one employee to help her. Her business is open from 5:30 a.m. until 18:30 p.m. every day.
Helene has requested a loan from Kiva in order to increase her boutique's stock by buying more quantity of water, juice, bread, soap, cooking oil, etc.
With the additional profits from this, Helene will reinvest in her business and renovate her own house.
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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