Helene is 30 years old, married, and has four children aged between 1 and 7 years. In addition, she takes care of six relatives. She sells various goods, such as lotions, soaps, and toothpaste, in her store that she operates from 8 a.m until 6 p.m every day (except on Saturdays). Currently, she employs one person to help her. Helene has four years of experience in this business.
Helene has requested a loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company, in order to buy various goods to resell, such as those just listed. She plans to use any profits generated from this loan to satisfy her family's basic needs, to save money for her future, and to reinvest in her business.
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.