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

Delphine's story

Delphine is 33 years old. She is married with three children aged between four and twelve. They all go to school. She has been growing potatoes for the past 12 years. With the loan, she would like to buy more fertilizer and quality seeds for use during the production of potatoes. The profits from the business will be used to buy essential equipment for her home.

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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