Urwego Bank

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Urwego Bank (Urwego) is a Christ-centered Microfinance bank in Rwanda. It is licensed by the National Bank of Rwanda, the national banking regulator.[3]

Urwego Bank Plc
IndustryFinancial services
HeadquartersKigali, Rwanda
Key people
Christine Baingana, Chief Executive Officer[1]
ProductsLoans, individual loans, group loans, savings, investments
Total assets19,649,524,000 RWF ($22,352,200.03 USD) in 2018[2]


Founded in 1997 by World Relief as Urwego Community Banking, the bank joined the HOPE International network in 2005. In 2007, the bank merged with Opportunity International Bank of Rwanda to become Urwego Opportunity Bank.

With the approval of the National Bank of Rwanda, Opportunity International sold its 50% ownership of Urwego to HOPE International in 2017, making HOPE a 99% shareholder in the bank, with World Relief continuing to own 1%.[4]


Urwego Bank is a licensed, Christian faith-based microfinance bank. Drawing upon its name (Urwego is the Kinyarwanda word that translates as “ladder” in English), Urwego's mission statement is, “To provide a ladder of opportunity to underserved communities in Rwanda as we proclaim and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”[5]

Urwego seeks to reach Rwandans who are economically active but underserved by licensed banking institutions. It offers a full range of financial services, including loans and savings programs,[6] as well as training to maximize the impact of financial products and empower clients for success in business, household management, and health.

Throughout its history, Urwego Bank has distributed nearly $290 million in loans.[7]


According to the bank's website, the following corporate entities are shareholders. [8]

Owner Percentage ownership
Hope International 99%
World Relief 1%
Total 100.00

Branch networkEdit

As of July 2019, Urwego Bank had 15 full-service branches, seven of which, including the bank's headquarters, are located in the city of Kigali, Rwanda's capital.[9] In addition, Urwego had 15 ATM locations across the country.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Leadership
  2. ^ Total Assets As of December 2018
  3. ^ "List of Licensed Banks In Rwanda". Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  4. ^ Our History
  5. ^ About us
  6. ^ Products
  7. ^ About us
  8. ^ Shareholders of Urwego Bank
  9. ^ Branch locations
  10. ^ ATM locations

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