A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more fertilizers and support labor costs during maize production.

Concessa's story

Concessa is a widow, aged 67. She has been a maize farmer for 40 years. She plans to use this Kiva loan to support labor costs and fertilizer during maize production. She needs to buy fertilizer in order to increase her production. With profits from her farming, she wishes to invest in her business so that in the future she can acquire machines like tractors that will enhance her farming capacity.

The photo taken was at the previous maize ground, which the borrower will continue to 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 impacted 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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