A loan of $1,200 helped to buy fertilizers and seeds, and to pay for support labor costs.


Domitille's story

Domitille is married with one 3-year-old child. She has been a rice farmer for the past seven years. She would like to get this Kiva loan in order to buy fertilizers and seeds, and to pay for support labor, in order to get the best harvest. With the profits, Domitille plans to expand the area she has been using to get more crop output. She also wants to make a savings plan. 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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