A loan of $950 helped to Increase his stocks of sorghum.

Ernest's story

Amakuru (Greetings) from Ernest S. in Ruhengeri in the northern part of Rwanda! Ernest is 29 years old, married with 2 children.

Ernest owns a stock of sorghum. He buys the sorghum during the harvest time and keeps it in the store until the prices increase when it is in short supply and he can sell it to local breweries for making beer and to small local beer producers. The common local brew produced out of sorghum is Urwagwa, which is mostly drunk by local people in rural areas especially during wedding celebrations.

Besides the buying and selling of sorghum, Ernest also grows potatoes, which are commonly produced in the area where he lives because of the fertile volcanic soils in the region. He earns about US$ 140 every month from all his commercial activities. He employs 4 people in both his farm and in the selling of sorghum.

He is looking for a loan worth 515,000 Frws to buy more sorghum to increase his stock since he has the market to sell it to the local breweries, who otherwise make banana beer. This loan will be repaid in 8 months.

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