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


Marie Alice's story

Marie Alice is married with no children. She has been a maize farmer for eight years. Her husband is also a maize farmer. She 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, she wants to save more for the better future of her career.

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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