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Evariste is married with one child, aged 3. His wife works as a businesswoman. He has been a maize farmer for three years. He would like to get this loan to buy more seeds and support labor costs to get the best harvest. With the profits, he plans to renovate his house.
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 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.

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About Urwego Opportunity Bank of Rwanda (UOB)

Urwego 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
  • 12
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $15,406,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 602.6
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,350 helped Evariste to buy more seeds and suppport labor costs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jun 8, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2013