A loan of $825 helped to buy fertilizer and support labor costs in the production of maize.

Jean Damascene's story

Jean Damascene is 34 years old. He is married to a farmer. He has been a maize farmer for 18 years. He will use the 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 was taken at the previous maize ground, which the borrower will still use for this new season. 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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