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C18523 Abizerwa Group
In this Group: Jeannette, Chantal, Lilliane, Meron, Justine
Jeannette is 40 years old and is married with three children who are aged between 8 and 15 years old. She has had a sewing business for 10 years which is well organized. She works every day from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and employs six people to help her. Jeannette is the leader of a borrowing team which is called "C18523 Abizerwa" in the local language and she is the first person on the left side of the photo.

Jeannette has requested a loan from Kiva field partner, Vision Finance Company, in order to purchase an additional sewing machine. If she is able to realize additonal profit as a result of this loan, Jeannette hopes to open up other outlets of her business in the area and to save money for her family.

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
  • 25
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,391,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 595.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD