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Odette is 25 years old and is single. She is a hardworking businesswoman running a dry cleaners and has been in this business for about three years. She employs four people from her community and the hours of her business are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

Odette, after those three years of experience in preparing (washing, drying, etc.) clothes of her customers, is still missing some equipment like a dryer to replace the old one. She also needs to buy some other materials to use in her business. To this end, she needs to request a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company.

With this loan, she hopes to improve the service to her customers as well as to earn more profits. These profits will allow her to build her future and help some family members who are in need.

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.

About Rwanda

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 38
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $18,427,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 571.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Odette to buy additional equipment.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 16, 2010