A loan of $1,250 helped to buy fertilizers and pay labor costs during rice production.


Solange's story

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. Solange is 51 years old. She is a mother of six children between 19 and 27. With the loan, she would like to buy fertilizers and pay labor costs during rice production. She plans to use the profits for reinvesting in the same farming.



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