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C2255 Ubumwe Group
In this Group: Sylivestre, Mariam, Fatuma, Samuel, Callixte
Sylivestre is 37 years old and is married with three children. He lives in Kabuga where he is the president of a group called “Ubumwe”. This is the fourth successful year in their business of selling small fish commonly known as “indagara”. The group works from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

The group is requesting its first loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company in order to expand their business through purchasing a greater volume of indagara fish. With this loan, the group hopes to get better pricing for their product and improve their business and hopefully earn more profit in the process. This, in turn, will allow the members and their devoted spouses to build a secure future for themselves.

Additional Information

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.

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

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 42
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $18,423,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 568.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of C2255 Ubumwe Group's $1,425 loan helped a member to purchase a greater volume of indagara fish.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2010