A loan of $1,350 helped to buy more fertilizer and quality seeds for potato production.

Emmanuel's story

Emmanuel is 33 years old. He has been a farmer for the past ten years. He is married, with two children. With the loan, he wants to buy more fertilizer and quality seeds for use during the production of potatoes. The profits from the produce will be used to settle the basic needs of 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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