Total loan: $1,000

Jean Pierre

, , Rwanda / Agriculture

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

Jean Pierre's story

Jean Pierre is 47 years old. He is married and has six children, aged between one and fourteen years. He has been in the business of farming for the past 20 years. He would like to use a Kiva loan to support labor costs and buy fertilizer during maize production. He needs to buy fertilizer in order to increase the plants' production of maize. With profits from his farming, he wishes to invest in his business, so that in the future he will be able to acquire machines and tractors that would enhance his farming capacity. 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.