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Pascal is a married father of seven children between the ages of 7 and 17. Three of them are enrolled in school, while two others have abandoned education, and the other two are still young.

Married to a farmer, Pascal has been a rice farmer for 14 years and is requesting this loan to buy seeds and pay labor costs to get the best harvest. With the profits, he plans to expand the area he has been using to increase production.

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.

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About Urwego Opportunity Bank of Rwanda (UOB)

Urwego Opportunity Bank (UOB) helps underserved Rwandans by providing its clients with the necessary credit and savings capabilities required for economic transformation. It offers credit products, including group and individual loans, as well as training in business development, financial literacy and health management. UOB loan products leverage social collateral since most group members have little to no collateral.

About Rwanda

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $15,580,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 597.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD