A loan of $850 helped to pay for labor for her rice farming.

Claudette's story

Claudette is a mother of a two year old child. She has been farming for the past four years and was taught farming by her parents.

She will use this Kiva loan to support labor costs during rice production: nursery, transplanting, field management, guarding against birds, and finally for harvesting.

With profits from her farming she wishes to invest in her business so that in the future she can acquire machines and tractors that will increase her 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.

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details