Providing Financial Solutions

In order to provide effective financial solutions we must understand the key enablers to business model sustainability. This includes fostering progressive partnerships, leveraging the role of non-financial institutons, offering technical assistance, and the willingness to learn from failure. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like credit assessment, big data, insurance, and digital finacial services. 

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Rural women writing in notebooks
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In 2019, ISF Advisors and RAF Learning Lab launched Pathways to...

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“We may have a farm but often we do not have money for...

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Analysis: Lessons learned from Ibero Uganda’s approach to financially including coffee farming families.
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The Global Microscope assesses the enabling environment for financial inclusion across 5...

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In Senegal, onion is the most consumed vegetable, but annual production does not...

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It has been nine years since M-KOPA was conceived and helped kick-start the...

OAF
News: 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.
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Do you currently have a smallholder outgrower scheme? Are you wondering how to...

Analysis: Key insights from Tulaa’s experience in building an end-to-end digital solution connecting farmers to markets
Report: In a series of blogs, ISF Advisors and the RAF Learning Lab will introduce major concepts and frameworks that will anchor our upcoming State of the Sector report for rural finance. Building on the “industry model” developed in our 2016 Inflection Point report, these frameworks aim to bring further clarity and insight to the three layers of the market: Rural clients [1], financial service providers, and the capital markets. We hope that by sharing early versions of this thinking we can stimulate debate and discussion across the sector about what is needed to continue to enhance access to rural, agricultural financial services.
Analysis: This paper explores why it’s been difficult to generate VC-level returns in agriculture, and some solutions that show promise.

Providing Financial Solutions

In order to provide effective financial solutions we must understand the key enablers to business model sustainability. This includes fostering progressive partnerships, leveraging the role of non-financial institutons, offering technical assistance, and the willingness to learn from failure. This primary topic area includes sub-topics like credit assessment, big data, insurance, and digital finacial services.