A loan of $1,200 helped to buy more fertilizers to improve rice production.

Jean De Dieu's story

Jean De Dieu is a 42-year-old married father of five children, all of whom attend school. With the loan, he would like to buy more fertilizers to improve his rice production. The profits from the produce will be reinvested in rice farming for future benefits.

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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