A loan of $1,325 helped to buy quality seeds and fertilizers and to pay for labor costs during rice production.


Pierre's story

Pierre is 56 years old. He is married with five children aged between 7 and 23; all of his children attend school.

Pierre has requested a Kiva loan to buy quality seeds and fertilizers and to pay for labor costs during rice production. With the profits from the business, he will pay school fees for his children.

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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