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Sylvestre is 38 years old, married, and has six children between the ages of 5 and 18. He sells goods such as beans, maize, etc. He has ten years of experience in his business and works from 7 a.m until 9 p.m every day except Saturday. Sylvestre currently employs three people to help him. Sylvestre has requested a loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company in order to expand the inventory of his goods (beans, sorghum, and maize). With the profits, Sylvestre will reinvest in his business, pay school fees for his children, and save for his 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
  • 29
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,326,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 595.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD