A loan of $1,325 helped to buy more fertilizers and labor for maize production.

Frederic's story

Frederic is 52 years old and has been a maize farmer for twenty years. He would like to use a Kiva loan to support his labor costs and buy fertilizers in order to improve his maize production. With the profits from his farming, he would like 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 under-served 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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