A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more fertiliser and pay labor costs on his maize production.

Celestin's story

Celestin is 43 years old. He is married to a farmer. He has been a maize farmer for 15 years.

He will use a Kiva loan to pay labor costs and fertilizer during maize production: He needs to buy fertilizer 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 was taken recently at a previous maize plantation. Celestin was very happy and excited that the previous season was very helpful for both family needs and business.

The agriculture sector accounts for 37% of Rwanda's gross domestic product; generates 65% of Rwanda's export revenue, and employs 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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