A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fertilizers and support labor costs during maize production.

Chantal's story

Chantal is 37 years old. She is married and has four children. She has been a maize farmer for ten years. She wants a Kiva loan to buy fertilizers and support labor costs. The profits from the business will be used to buy cattle to provide milk for the family.

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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