A loan of $975 helped to buy fertilizers and pay labor costs during maize production.


Eline's story

Eline is aged 50. She is a mother of two children. She has spent 18 years in the business. She would like to get a Kiva loan to buy fertilizers and pay labor costs during maize production. The profits from the business will be used to get a machine for cultivation. 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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