05 Nov 2019
ICCO Cooperation

In Senegal, onion is the most consumed vegetable, but annual production does not cover domestic demand. The STARS program of ICCO Cooperation, funded by Mastercard Foundation, brings together private sector actors, financial service providers, input suppliers, and producer organizations to connect smallholders to formal markets. During the 2-day learning event ‘Cracking the Nut’, the STARS team Senegal explained how that looks in reality.

Click here to read ICCO's 4 lessons to boost the onion value chain.

10 Oct 2019

It has been nine years since M-KOPA was conceived and helped kick-start the wider pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar market. Their intention was to build a profitable, sustainable and scalable company that would endure the ups and downs of economic cycles, while keeping impact an essential part of the proposition that they now bring to millions of people on a daily basis. Since then, M-KOPA has have built one of the world’s most advanced PAYG platforms, which provides low-income homes with affordable asset financing for connected solar technology and other products and services.

Read M-KOPA Solar's 2019 Impact Report for an in-depth look at their work. 

30 Sep 2019
Learning Lab, MIX, One Acre Fund

The Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab is thrilled to take ownership of the Smallholder Finance Product Explorer, a project funded by the Mastercard Foundation & the Open Society Foundations, and implemented by One Acre Fund and MIX from 2016-2019. Integrating this dataset with the Lab’s current data platform will ensure users have easy access to a one-stop-shop for critical smallholder finance data. 

Limited information on smallholder finance product design has historically prevented financial service providers from meeting the financing needs of smallholder farmers.

With over 450 million smallholder farmers globally, these farmers and their households need access to financial services to help increase farm productivity, reduce their vulnerability to unexpected shocks, and improve their livelihoods. Yet the current supply of financing available to them, ~$50 billion, represents only a quarter of the estimated total need of this population. Part of the issue is that financial service providers face high resource constraints to develop and deploy financial products that meet the needs of smallholder farmers.

The Smallholder Finance Product Explorer sought to catalyze...