A loan of $1,350 helped to buy more fertilizers and cover labor costs during rice production.


Catherine's story

Catherine is 30 years old. She is single and engaged and hoping to get married soon. She has been a rice farmer for the past three years. With the loan, she would like to buy more fertilizers and cover labor costs during rice production. The profits from the farming will be used for providing food for the family.

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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