Rwanda is known as a country of a thousand hills. Nearly two decades ago, the country was plagued by genocide that killed millions and impacted
Many Rwandan families are homeless due to the genocide, and many are orphans. Widows were left to care for the children of others as well as their own but with no funds to meet even the most basic human needs.
Women affected by the genocide are particularly vulnerable because they have little or no formal education and were left with no land or assets.
Being vulnerable to financial shocks and emergencies is one of the core aspects of poverty.
Our microfinance institution strives to provide first class financial services to some of the poorest communities
in Rwanda. Our entire management team is enthusiastic about our new initiatives and programmes which include:
- A mobile banking project that began in 2012.
- Staff training and development initiated by VisionFund International.
Judith, a Rwandan widow, sells shoes to secure additional income to support her family.
When Judith received her first small loan she was overjoyed. After paying it back, she qualified for additional loans and has expanded her business greatly. Small loans are unlocking hope and opportunity for many widows like Judith living in Rwanda.