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Christine is 60 years old and is married with two children. She and her family live in Musanze, in the Northern Province of Rwanda.

In her village, Christine owns a shop selling a variety of goods such as cosmetics products. This is her second successful year in this business and the hours of her business are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Christine is requesting a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company in order to increase her working capital. This will allow her to purchase some additional goods to sell including some foodstuffs like sugar, rice, beans and Irish potatoes as well as more cosmetics products and underwear. Those goods seem to be highly in demand by her customers.

With these additional goods for sale, Christine will earn more profits. With these profits, she will be able to build a secure future for her business as well as 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
  • 44
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $18,416,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 567.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Christine to buy additional goods for sale such as foodstuffs, cosmetics goods and underwear.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2010