A loan of $900 helped to pay for fertilizers, seeds and support labor.


Edouard's story

Edouard is married and has three children between 7 and 11. All are enrolled in school. His wife works as a farmer.

He has been a rice farmer for nine years. He would like to get this loan to buy fertilizers, seeds, and support labor to get the best harvest. With the profits, he plans to expand the area he has been farming to get more output.

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.



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