A loan of $1,325 helped to pay for labor costs for rice production and buy seeds.


Jean Damascene's story

Jean Damascene is married with five children aged between 2 and 17. Two of them are enrolled in school and the other three are still young. His wife works as a farmer. He has been a rice farmer for 22 years. He would like to get this loan to buy seeds and support labor costs to get the best harvest. 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 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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