A loan of $1,025 helped to buy fertilizers and support labor costs during rice production.

Egide's story

Egide is 27 years old. He is married and has one child, aged three. He has been a rice farmer for the past nine years.

With the loan he would like to buy more fertilizers and support labor costs during rice production. The profits after harvest will be used to pay for his children’s school fees.

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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