A loan of $825 helped to buy more fertilizers and support labor costs during maize production.


Bonifrinde's story

Bonifrinde is 49 years old. She is married with eight children. She would like to use this Kiva loan to buy fertilizers and support labor costs during maize production. She needs to buy fertilizers in order to increase their production. With profits from her farming, Bonifrinde wishes to invest in her business so that in the future she can acquire machines and tractors that will enhance her farming capacity. The agriculture sector accounts for 37% of Rwanda's gross domestic product, generating 65% of Rwanda's export revenue, and employing 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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