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Total loan: $8,750

Umugisha Agric Sub B Group

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, , Rwanda / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy more fertilizers for Irish-growing and also buy more Irish seeds.

Umugisha Agric Sub B Group's story

Umugisha Agric Sub B is a group represented by Jean Pierre who is 43 years old and a father of two children age 1 and 10 years old. He is a farmer and has been growing Irish potatoes for the past three years. With the loan from Kiva, he would like to buy more fertilizers for Irish-growing and also buy more Irish seeds. The profits from his business he put away in his savings account.

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 Bank is expanding into this market and is happy to provide Kiva lenders with the opportunity to support Rwandan farmers.

Due to the global pandemic, Urwego was not able to photograph all the members, but was able to get one representative for the group photo.