A loan helped a member to buy more seed to grow Irish potatoes.

Abanyamurava Agric Group's story

Abanyamurava Agric Group, which in English means "Courageous People", is represented by Zipora, a 46-year-old mother of six children, aged between 15 and 26 years. She is a farmer and has been growing Irish potatoes for the past 15 years.

With her portion of this Kiva loan, Zipora would like to buy more Irish potato seed to grow. She will use her profits to invest in expanding her potato farm, provide for her family and buy a piece of land.

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 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 under-served 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 Bank was able to photograph one representative for the group photo.

In this group: Lydie, Ruth, Lucie, Innocent, Leonidas, Thomas, Jean, Julienne, Ancile, Beatrice, Yvonne, Jeanne, Zipora, Vestine, Donatille, Julienne, Olive, Josianne, David, Blanche

This loan is special because:

It provides high-quality direct inputs for rural Rwandan farmers.

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