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Irene
Irene is married; she is a mother of six children aged between 5 and 14. She has been a rice farmer for seven years. She would like to get this loan to buy fertilizers and seeds and to support labor costs in order to get the best harvest. With the profits, she plans to expand the area she has been using in order to get more output and to rear cattle in the future.

The agriculture sector accounts for 37 percent of Rwanda's gross domestic product, generates 65 percent of Rwanda's export revenue, and employs approximately 90 percent 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 under-served 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
  • 28
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $13,754,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 598.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Irene to buy fertilizers and seeds and to support labor costs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 20, 2012
Listed
Mar 21, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 15, 2012