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Mariam is a widow with four children ages 11, 17, 28, and 32. They are all in school, except for the youngest. For the past 18 years, Mariam has owned a restaurant where she sells African dishes. Her restaurant income helps her care for her family.

Mariam is requesting a loan to buy sugar, beans, and rice to cook in the restaurant. With the profits from her loan, she would like to start building a new house and increase her capital.

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

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 64
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $15,230,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 590.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Mariam to buy ingredients for her restaurant.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 17, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2012