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H. is 34 years old and married. She cares for three children, ages 1, 11 and 13. H. and her family live in the Kicukiro District, in the capital of Rwanda.

H. works as businesswoman, as does her husband. H. owns a small shop where she sells different kinds of shoes in the Kigali. Her husband has a small restaurant. They both work to support their family. H.'s business is actually very organized and well-known. It requires two employees to run her her business. H. has two years of experience. The hours of her shop are from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day except on the weekend.

H. is requesting a loan from Kiva lenders via Vision Finance Company to expand her business by purchasing more and different styles of shoes, especially shoes for children. With the profits she plans to earn, H. will be able to get all of the basic needs of her family, save money for her family, especially for her children, build her own house, and reinvest in her business.

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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 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.

About Rwanda

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 49
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $16,926,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 573.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Akimana purchasing more shoes for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 16, 2010