Fellows Blog Posts by Claude Mansell

May 29, 2010 RW Rwanda

Signs of Hope in Rwanda

Claude Mansell, KF10, Rwanda

Sixteen years after the genocide it is time to reflect on where the country stands in its pursuit to stability and offering new perspectives to the population. Having been a Kiva Fellow in Rwanda for the last 4 months, I would love to share some personal observations with you.

My main observation is that there are signs of hope all over the country. Opposite the office of Vision Finance, Kiva’s first microfinance partner in Rwanda, is this tiny restaurant called Hope 2020. Its 20...

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May 27, 2010 RW Rwanda

Rwandan microfinance partner VFC  goes mobile

Claude Mansell, KF10, Rwanda

Microfinance is rarely associated with high technology. Neither is Africa. Yet here is Rwandan Microfinance Institution Vision Finance Company about to launch its pilot in mobile payments, in two of its 9 branches.

In a partnership with World Vision and MTN, the leading phone company in Rwanda, Vision Finance Company (VFC) has started a 12 month project that will lead to 30% of its customers doing their monthly...

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