Opportunity International has recently received a $2.5 million grant from the John Deere Foundation. This donation supports the Bank on Africa campaign, which aims to bring financial services to farmers and other entrepreneurs in many African countries, including Rwanda.
In Rwanda, the majority of the population lives in rural areas. Through measures such as these, Opportunity is working to provide these clients, even in the most remote areas, with financial services to enable them to work their way out of poverty.
Meet Daniel Ryumugabe, the transformational impact manager from Urwego Opportunity Bank (UOB) of Rwanda. About life in Rwanda today, he told us, “Today, we are not just Hutus and Tutsis, we are not our ethnic groups, we are all Rwandans and we share one language and one culture.” Daniel shared the story of his childhood as a Rwandan refugee living in Uganda, and how he struggled to get an education, the only child in his family to go to university. He also told us about his work at Opportunity Rwanda guiding staff members to incorporate transformative training into their daily contact with our microfinance clients.
As he told us, “Poverty is not just a deficit, not just a lack of resources, it is a deprivation. It is a trap with many cords. If you offer one solution–loans–but there are other problems related to health or financial education, the client cannot get out of the poverty trap.” Daniel reminds us of the complexity that is the problem of poverty, and he is also working hard to find solutions and create true transformation in Rwanda, physically, mentally and spiritually for the individuals who are working their way out of the cycle of poverty.
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