A loan of $1,375 helped to buy more fertilizer and quality seeds for use during the production of potatoes.


Jean De Dieu's story

Jean De Dieu is 39 years old. He is married and has been in the farming business for the past 19 years.

He has requested the loan to buy more fertilizer and quality seeds for use during the production of potatoes. The profits from the business will be used to upgrade the standards of his family members by providing for the 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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