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Jean Baptiste
Jean Baptiste is 23 years old and single. He has spent five years in rice farming.

With the loan from Kiva, Jean Baptiste wants to buy quality seeds and fertilizers and pay for labor costs during rice production. The profits from the business will be used to expand his plot for rice growing.

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
  • 49
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $12,381,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 633.8
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,050 helped Jean Baptiste to buy quality seeds and fertilizers and to pay for labor costs during rice production.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 20, 2013
Listed
Mar 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 17, 2013