A loan of $900 helped to pay labor to help him on the rice farm.


Jean De Dieu's story

Jean De Dieu is single. He has spent five years as a rice farmer. He would like to get this Kiva loan to buy seeds, pesticides and support labor to get the best harvest in the rice production. With the profits, he plans to expand the area he has been using 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 under served 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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