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Total loan: $1,200
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Alphonse

Rwanda
Rwanda / Farming

A loan of $1,200 helped to buy more fertilizer and support labor costs during rice production.


Alphonse's story

Alphonse is 35 years old. He is married, with four children. He has been a rice farmer for the past 18 years. With the loan, he would like to buy more fertilizer and support labor costs during rice production. The profits from the business will be used to help the living standards of his family.

The agriculture sector accounts for 37% of Rwanda's gross domestic product, generating 65% of Rwanda's export revenue, and employing 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.



Loan details

Loan length:

10 months
Repayment schedule: At end of term
Disbursed date: July 10, 2013
Facilitated by Field Partner: Urwego Opportunity Bank, a partner of Opportunity International and HOPE International

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Loan details

Loan length:

10 months
Repayment schedule: At end of term
Disbursed date: July 10, 2013
Facilitated by Field Partner: Urwego Opportunity Bank, a partner of Opportunity International and HOPE International