Jeannette is 28 years old and married, with four children aged between 5 and 25 years old.
She owns an agriculture business selling rice, which is open from 7 a.m until 5 p.m daily, except on Sunday. She has eight years of experience in this work. She is the leader of the group, which is called "C7550 DUTERANINKUNGA II" in the local language. She is raising her hand in the photo.
Jeannette has requested a loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company to expand her agriculture business by cultivating more rice to sell. With the profit, she expects to save money for her future and to reinvest in her business.
More information about this loan
This loan is part of Vision Finance Company's Koramuhinzi ("Farmer, please work") program designed to serve poor entrepreneurs working in agriculture and livestock in rural communities. This type of loan, available to both individuals and groups, is repaid in full at the end of the loan term, allowing borrowers to repay only after crops are harvested or livestock are sold.
This flexibility is critical in Rwanda where 85% of the population is employed in agriculture, but many formal financial institutions consider the sector to be too risky to invest. By funding this loan, you are expanding opportunity to farmers with limited options.
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.
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.