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VisionFund Rwanda is a subsidiary of VisionFund International and one of the largest deposit taking MFIs in Rwanda whose mission is to provide financial and non-financial services to underprivileged rural communities. We began in 1997 as a World Vision microfinance program, and in 2004 became a Central Bank regulated MFI in Rwanda.

 

We primarily serve vulnerable women with children and youth in rural areas and provide them with economic empowerment opportunities. Our products and strategy are focused on strengthening and providing financial services to Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and groups and then supporting them until graduation. Our loan sizes range from $10 to $2000, depending on the poverty level of clients and region. Strategically, we are one of the biggest partners with Care International in Rwanda and World Vision Rwanda.  

 

Our savings products include child savings accounts to help the rural population save for their children regularly, and we are in the process of developing products targeting youth. We operate in all regions of Rwanda through our 11 branch outlets, and are in the process of developing solutions to serve rural communities .

 

As a World Vision organisation, our mission is to serve the underprivileged in deep rural areas. Ninety percent of our field officers' work is spent in rural areas meeting potential clients and groups.

 


History

We have been supporting clients since 1997. Since then, we have grown to serve 19,207 active borrowers and impact 753 children and 121,350 jobs.    

 

World Vision originally began its microfinance and savings programme in 1993, but quickly realised the global need for microfinance and the immense role it played in reducing poverty. VisionFund International was then founded in 2003 to manage its network of affiliated microfinance organisations (MFIs).

 

Since then, VisionFund International has been lending money to people in need of financial services, helping them to start or grow sustainable businesses. Our clients use the income earned to build a better future for their children, for example, through having clean water, nutritious food, education and healthcare. 

Working in Rwanda

Rwanda, in east-central Africa, is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. Steep mountains and deep valleys cover most of the country. .One of the greatest natural treasure we have:


Gorillas

 A very unique experience getting close to gorillas at  Virunga Mountains, which include the volcano Karisimbi (14,187 ft; 4,324 m), Rwanda's highest point

 

 

Akagera National Park

Rwanda is a host to a great variation of animals aside from gorillas including chimpanzees and a variety of birds as well

 

 

Lake Kivu

 Lake Kivu in the northwest, at an altitude of 4,829 ft (1,472 m), is the highest lake in Africa

 

 

Nyungwe Forest National Park

The Nyungwe rainforest is probably the best preserved montane rainforest in Central Africa. It is located in the watershed between the basin of the river Congo to the west and the basin of the river Nile to the east.

 

 

Congo Nile Trail 

 227 km (141 miles) of beautiful landscapes, including rolling hills and clear water. The entire trek can be completed in a 10- day hike. However, the trip can be done in sections if travelers do not have the time to complete the entire trail. Trails give stunning views of the Lake Kivu coastline and offer adventurous travelers an exciting way to discover Rwanda

 

 

Nearly two decades ago, the country was plagued by genocide that killed millions and impacted the world.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.

Management

Chief Executive Officer - Ross Nathan

 

Ross Nathan joined our MFI in July of 2013 as the leader of the organisation and management team. Ross has extensive microfinance experience working as COO and CEO for nearly ten years.

 

We have a board of directors, a leadership team and a management team that oversees the work of the organisation. We are an affiliated microfinance institution of VisionFund International

 


Head Of Operation and Savings/Banking - Francis Ndayiziga

 

People & Culture Manager - Bright Batamuriza 


Head of Recovery and Legal - Edith Mukakibibi


Internal Audit Manager - Faustin Mucyo

 

Chief Finance Officer - Grace Dushimimana

 

Head of IT and MIS - Charles Rumongi

 


Awards and Ratings

Vision Finance Company which is under the umbrella of AMIR –Association of Micro Finance Institutions,  won an award on May 7th 2015 as the best Microfinance institution of Rwanda in the area of Client Protection and Social performance and was awarded RWF 500,000 (US 670) plus a certificate.

Vision Finance has accomplished excellent results in combining customer and social needs as well as ensuring its own profitability. More good points that were highlighted were

  • Toll free line 3527 appears visibly on all our documents and also displayed for the clients to see.
  • That positive impact stories are collected from the field.

 

 VFC awarded certificate and RWF 500,000 (US 670) for 2nd best Microfinance institution of Rwanda in the area of Client Protection and Social performance

 

  

 

 

Special projects team pose with CEO, Laurent-former head of operations and Francis-current head of operations with the award

                                   


 

Vision Finance Company was awarded Highest Percentage of Growth in African Region by Vision Fund International

 



 

 

 

 

Success story

 

Impact of VisionFund Rwanda-Loans