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Marie is 37, married with five children aged between 3 and 11. She lives in the southern province of Rwanda where her shop has been located since 2003. So, for the past 6 years, Marie has been in retail business selling a variety of goods including; rice, sugar, soap, etc. In her shop, Marie employs one person as a helper so that her business runs well.

Marie is requesting her first loan from Vision Finance Company and Kiva lenders in order to purchase more inventory that will help her to serve more customers from her community. She is hopeful that this will result in greater profits which will help to provide a more secure future for her family.

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More information about this loan

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 VisionFund Rwanda

VisionFund 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.

VFR 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
  • 42
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $18,427,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 568.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Marie purchase more inventory.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 11, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 16, 2010