A loan of $1,500 helped to buy and harvest more seeds and to support labor costs.

Jean De Dieu's story

Jean De Dieu is married and has four children. He has been a maize farmer for nine years. His wife is also a maize farmer. He would like to get this loan to buy more seeds, to harvest more seeds, and to pay for labor to get the best harvest. With the profits, he wants to reinvest in the same business of growing maize.

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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