A loan of $4,425 helped a member to buy more fertilizer and support labor costs during rice production.

Ladislas' Group's story

Ladislas is aged 62. He is married with two children. With the loan, he would like to buy fertilizer and support labor costs during rice production. He needs to buy fertilizer in order to increase his production. With profits from his farming, he wishes to invest in his business so that in the future he can acquire machines and tractors that will enhance his farming capacity. In the picture, Ladislas holds a red file as a sign of identification.

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.

In this group: Ladislas, Jean, Jacqueline, Augustin, Pascal, Belancille, Nestor, Froduard, Etienne, Innocent, Francois, Vital, Delphine, Alphred, Josephine, Pierre, Delphine*, Hyacentha, Jean Damascene, Jean
*not pictured

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