A loan of $1,250 helped to buy more fertilizers and support labor costs in maize production.


Leonard's story

Leonard is 58 years old. He is married to a farmer and they have nine children aged between 3 and 21. He has been a maize farmer for 25 years. He will use Kiva loan to support labor costs and fertilizer during maize production: He needs to buy fertilizer in order to increase his production. With profits from his farming he wishes to invest in his business so that in the future he can acquire machines like tractors that will enhance his farming capacity.

The photo taken recently at the previous maize plantation and says that the last season went well. 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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