A loan of $1,700 helped a member to buy chemical inputs and to pay the labor costs of people who have been farming his field.

Umurimo Isoko Y'iterambere Group's story

Sylvain belongs to the Umurimo Isoko Y'Iterambère group. He was born in Rwanda and is 54 years old. He is married and has six children, the eldest of whom is 33 years old and the youngest 17. Three of his children attend school and he has two other dependents. He has six years of primary education himself.

Sylvain began working with ACB in 2012 and is on his first loan cycle. The loan which has been granted to him will allow him to buy chemical inputs for his rice and also pay for the labor cost of the people who have farmed his field. He does not enviseage any difficulty in repaying the loan. His strategy for growing his business is to get other loans with a view to developing increasingly his farming. With this strategy, he is planning to become the most signficant rice farmer in his region, and this will allow him to improve his family's life.

In this group: Nepomuscène, Vianney, Sylvain, Gregoire, Desiré, Viateur, Alphonse, André, Pafiri, Aphrodis

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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