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Marie Therese
Marie Therese is 31 years old and is married. She has two children, 5 and 9 years old. Marie Therese purchases long-handled wooden spoons, sieves, and charcoal stoves for her business. She has been in this business for five years, and she works from 6 a.m until 7 p.m every day. Marie Therese currently employs two people to help her in the business.

Marie Therese has requested a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company in order to purchase more long-handled wooden spoons, sieves, and charcoal stoves for resale. With any profits, she will be able to save for her future. She will be able to buy her own house and to pay her children's school fees.

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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
  • 85
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $12,777,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 604.6
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD