A loan of $1,150 helped to buy more fertilizers and support labor costs during rice production.


Jean Paul's story

Jean Paul is 32 years old. He is married with four children. His wife also works as a farmer. He has requested a loan for buying more fertilizers and to support labor costs during rice production. The profits from the business will be used to buy a milling machine which will generate more income.

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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