Total loan: $1,375


, , Rwanda / Agriculture

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A loan helped To buy more fertilizers and support labor costs during maize production.

Theobal's story

Theobal is 33 years old. He is married to a farmer and they have three children, who are enrolled in schools. He has spent 18 years in farming. He would like to use this Kiva loan to buy fertilizers and pay 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 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.