Investor and funder guide to the agricultural social lending sector

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June 23, 2014

The fifth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance examines current lending practices among social lenders, considers the future trajectory of the sector, and highlights opportunities for investors and funders to support the sector’s future growth.

Drawing on a groundbreaking aggregate analysis of leading social lenders’ lending portfolios and metrics, this briefing note from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance examines current lending practices among social lenders, considers the future trajectory of the sector, and highlights opportunities for investors and funders to support the sector’s future growth.

Social lenders focus on addressing the significant smallholder agricultural finance gap by investing in small and growing agricultural businesses in low- and middle-income countries. In collaboration with technical assistance providers and global buyers, social lenders work to strengthen clients and allow them to access more finance and reach additional smallholder producers.

The social lending sector is an attractive opportunity for investors and funders to increase finance access for smallholder farmers and businesses that aggregate producers.

 

About the Author(s)

Initiative for Smallholder Finance
Learning Lab Strategic Partner

ISF is an advisory group committed to transforming rural economies by delivering partnerships and investment structures that promote financial inclusion for rural enterprises and smallholder farmers. Combining industry-leading research with hands-on technical expertise, ISF develops practical, profitable, and sustainable financial solutions.