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Catheline is 44 years old and is married with four children who are of school age. She and her family live in Kicukiro, one of the districts of Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

Catheline is in the business of making windows and doors through joining metal items with a soldering machine. This is her second successful year in this business which she starts early in the morning, not finishing until late at 6 p.m. every day.

Catheline is requesting a Kiva loan via Vision Finance Company to purchase more soldering machines and metal items so that she can make more windows and doors. Catheline, by the use of this Kiva loan, hopes that her number of customers will be expanded and her customers will be interested in buying her products as she will make more good quality doors and windows.

Through the expansion of her business, Catheline and her family have a hope for the future.

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
  • 41
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $18,427,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 573.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $875 helped Catheline to buy additional metal items and more soldering machines.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 16, 2010