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C5624 Abunzubumwe Group
In this Group: Vestine, Aurea, Vestine, Eliane
Vestine is 54 years old and is a widow with six children between the ages of 17 and 24. She is a businesswoman selling charcoal. Vestine is also the leader of this group, which is called "Abunzubumwe" in the local language. Vestine employs two persons to help her and she has eleven years of experience. She starts her work at 7:00 a.m and works until 6:00 p.m every day. She is the first person on the left in the picture.

Vestine and her group have requested a loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company in order to expand their businesses by buying more sacks of charcoal to sell. Once their businesses have expanded, they hope to satisfy their customers and save money for their children's school fees.

Additional Information

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Rwanda

  • $1,000
    Average annual income
  • 105
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,468,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 592.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD