Total loan: $800
, , Rwanda / Agriculture
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A loan helped To buy fertilizer and support labor costs during maize production.
Laurent is 40 years old. He is married to a farmer, and they have four children, aged between seven months and nine years old; only two of them attend schools. He has spent 23 years in farming. He would like to get the Kiva loan for buying fertilizer and paying labor costs during maize production. He plans to use the profits for buying a tractor, instead of using human labor. The agriculture sector accounts for 37% of Rwanda's gross domestic product, generates 65% of Rwanda's export revenue, and employs 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.