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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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This loan helps low-income entrepreneurs in Rwanda grow their businesses and, ultimately, to support their families. These loans typically serve very poor and rural clients and particularly women, who often lack access to the traditional collateral needed for a loan. VFC serves these entrepreneurs through both individual and group loans and provides them with financial education and tools for them to save money for the future. By supporting this loan, you are helping Rwandan entrepreneurs build the means to support their families and improve their lives.

About Vision Finance Company s.a – Rwanda (VFC)

Vision Finance Company, soon to be known as Vision Fund Rwanda (VFR), is the microfinance subsidiary of World Vision and is one of the largest microfinance institutions serving rural underprivileged communities in Rwanda, many of which do not have access to formal financial services.

VFC serves people and communities that are economically productive but low-income, especially in very rural areas. This includes small business owners and salary earners who are looking for opportunities to provide better lives for their families and a promising future for their children.

About Rwanda

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $15,580,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 595.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Sylvestre to purchase a large quantity of sorghum and beans.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 22, 2011
Dec 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2012