The BPR journey started in 1975 in a village called Nkamba in Eastern province, a group of ordinary Rwandans had an extraordinary dream. They wanted access to finance to help them achieve better livelihoods. This is how the first Bank Populaire was born.
Subsequently, other community based savings and credit schemes were born in other areas of Rwanda becoming autonomous with "Banques Populaires".
The growth of these savings and credit schemes and their significance in financial inclusion led to the formation of an umbrella institution in 1986 under the name "Union des Banques Populaires du Rwanda (UBPR).
In 2008, UBPR transformed to become a fully-fledged commercial bank while retaining its cooperative roots.
Known as the neighborhood bank, BPR has become the bank with the largest network in Rwanda offering financial services to the furthest corners of the country.
Atlas Mara is rapidly growing into the sub-Saharan African financial services group that has acquired control of (or significant stakes in) banking operations in seven sub-Saharan African countries, including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda and Nigeria, several of which rank amongst the fastest growing countries in the world.