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Where we Work


Rwanda is ‘the land of a thousand hills’. It is also a fertile land full of opportunities. Agriculture is the main economic activity in Rwanda, with 70% of the population relying on the sector. Tea, coffee, maize, potatoes and cassava are some of its key crops.

With more than 45% of the population living below the poverty line, Opportunity International UK and its local partner Urwego Bank are working to transform the lives of farmers and micro-entrepreneurs through access to knowledge and financial services.

Improving Rural Livelihoods in Rwanda 

Rwanda’s Southern and Western regions are some of the poorest areas in the country. We are working with local Financial Service Providers (FSPs) to provide 24,000 smallholder farmers (including women, young persons and those living with a disability) in these regions with access to loans, savings and training. We are also using digital technology to profile the farmers – it’s a new innovative technique that helps our FSPs better understand and meet the farmer’s needs. 48 Farmer Groups are also being supported to improve their governance and organisation, and improve their ability to negotiate on behalf of their members.

This three-year project, supported by Jersey Overseas Aid, is upskilling farmers, enabling them to improve their yields and climate resilience, increase financial digital literacy, and make informed use of financial services. 

Our Impact

Since 2012, we have worked with thousands of farmers, micro-entrepreneurs, their families and their communities across Rwanda to increase their productivity and incomes.

savings accounts opened
households trained in business management, financial literacy and use of digital financial services.
self-reported increase in confidence in using formal financial services
smallholder farmers trained in Good Agricultural Practices

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