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Samuel
Samuel is a father of five children and a Rwandan rice farmer. He has been doing this work for the past five years. This business is one that he learned from his parents. He will use this Kiva loan to support labor costs during rice production: preparing seedlings in the nursery, transplanting, field management, guarding against birds, and, lately, in harvesting activities.

With profits from his farming he wishes to invest in his business so that in the future he can acquire machines and tractors that will enhance his farming capacity.

The agriculture sector accounts for 37% of Rwanda's gross domestic product, generates 65% of Rwanda's export revenue, and employs approximately 90% of Rwandans (as of 2009). Despite the importance of agriculture to Rwandans and their economy, financial institutions view lending to fund agricultural activities as a high-risk proposition because the profitability of these activities is affected by weather, natural disasters, and price fluctuations. For this reason, farmers in Rwanda remain underserved by financial institutions. Urwego Opportunity Bank is expanding into this market and is happy to provide Kiva lenders with the opportunity to support Rwandan farmers.

Additional Information

About Urwego Opportunity Bank of Rwanda (UOB)

Urwego Opportunity Bank (UOB) is a Rwandan bank specializing in microfinance. It offers credit products to individuals and groups interested in starting or expanding their businesses. It also offers training in business development, financial literacy and health management. Given that approximately 90% of the Rwandan population is directly or indirectly related to the agricultural sector, Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to support UOB’s agricultural loan products, which are vital to the clients living in remote areas.

About Rwanda

  • $1,000
    Average annual income
  • 55
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $11,760,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 599.5
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,150 helped Samuel to pay for labour on his rice farm.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 21, 2011
Listed
Aug 25, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 15, 2012