Total loan: $6,475

Twitezimbere Agric A Group

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Twitezimbere Agric A Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy more fertilizer and seeds for growing Irish potatoes.

Twitezimbere Agric A Group's story

Twitezimbere Agric A is represented by Esperence, a 43-year-old mother of four children between the ages of 3 and 23 years. She is a farmer and has been growing Irish potatoes for the past eight years.

With the loan from Kiva, Esperence would like to buy more fertilizer and seeds for growing Irish potatoes. With the profits from her business, she hopes to one day build her own 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 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.

Esperence is thankful for your support.

*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.