A loan of $1,325 helped pay for fertilizer and labor cost.

Simon's story

Simon is 46 years old. He is married to a farmer and they have four children who all go to schools. Simon will use this Kiva loan to pay for labor costs and fertilizer for maize production. He needs to buy fertilizer in order to increase his production. With profits from his farming Simon wishes to invest in his business so that in the future he can acquire machines and tractors that will enhance his farming capacity.

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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