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Anathalie
Anathalie is married with four children between the ages of 12 and 28. Currently two of her children attend school, while other two have started working for themselves.

Anathalie has spent 20 years in rice production. She has requested a Kiva loan to buy more seeds and support labor costs to get the best harvest. With the profits, she plans to expand her cultivation area to increase 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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About Urwego Opportunity Bank of Rwanda (UOB)

Urwego Opportunity Bank (UOB) helps underserved Rwandans by providing its clients with the necessary credit and savings capabilities required for economic transformation. It offers credit products, including group and individual loans, as well as training in business development, financial literacy and health management. UOB loan products leverage social collateral since most group members have little to no collateral.

About Rwanda

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 29
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    Rwanda Loans Fundraising
  • $18,266,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 597.0
    Rwanda Francs (RWF) = $1 USD