A loan of $1,400 helped to buy more fertilizer and hire workers to help with maize production.

Thaciana's story

Thaciana is 39 years old. She and her husband have been maize farmers for seven years. She has requested a Kiva loan to buy more fertilizer, and to hire workers to help with her crop. She will use her profits from farming to renovate her home. In the picture, we see behind her the place where loan recipients gather for their meeting as a cooperative.

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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