Access to Finance

Raising Capital

Access to finance is a significant barrier for small farms and business in the developing world. Smallholders often lack funds to invest in farm inputs to improve productivity, while many entrepreneurs lack the capital to invest in equipment and infrastructure.

At the same time, these farmers and entrepreneurs face huge obstacles in accessing the working capital loans, long-term credit and other financing that would enable them to meet their needs.

Despite the massive demand, there are few providers of financial products and services that cater to such clients, partly due to a perception that they are too risky and costly to serve.

Bridging this financing gap requires a collaborative and multifaceted approach. TechnoServe works in several capacities with a wide range of partners to increase capital flow and foster more inclusive finance in the communities where we work.

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November 16, 2018

Dreams Come True: Entrepreneurs Emerge in Chile

Entrepreneurs learn the tools necessary to elevate their business and community.

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July 6, 2017

Innovative Finance for the Future of Agriculture in Mozambique

After four years of work in Mozambique’s agricultural sector, the FinAgro program is forecasted to increase participating businesses’ revenues by an average of 67 percent.

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November 9, 2016

Domestic Remittances in South Africa

A new study examines how the dynamic yet overlooked market of domestic remittances is boosting financial inclusion for South Africans.

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TechnoServe works with smallholder farmers, farmer organizations, cooperatives, and a variety of small and growing businesses (SGBs) to increase access to finance. We help them assess, forecast and communicate their financing needs to potential lenders and investors. We also support the capitalization of larger agribusinesses and develop finance solutions for entire industries in developing economies.

In parallel, TechnoServe provides advisory services to financial institutions in order to help them efficiently deploy capital and deliver new and scalable financial services. We work with commercial banks, investment funds, development finance institutions and multinational corporations to determine the financial health and viability of potential clients and help structure investments to meet their needs.

By offering the following integrated financial advisory services and training, TechnoServe seeks to increase efficient capital flows, promote financial inclusion, improve transparency among market actors and drive overall economic growth.

  • Strategic and Financial Analysis: TechnoServe works with smallholder farmers and SGBs to build their technical capacity. We also partner with financial institutions to support their expansion into the agricultural sector, and we provide independent insight and market analysis to industry stakeholders.
  • Capital Mobilization: Acting as an independent intermediary, TechnoServe builds linkages between capital providers and those seeking capital. We help our smallholder farmer and SGB clients at all stages of the origination and transaction process.
  • Risk Management: To support loan monitoring and ensure repayment of invested capital, TechnoServe designs specialized risk-management solutions that incentivize and maintain transparency between clients and lenders.

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In the News

3 Unorthodox Lessons for Latin America’s Entrepreneurs | World Economic Forum Agenda

Entrepreneuership Director Juan Carlos Thomas shares lessons from TechnoServe's projects in Latin America.

A Holistic Approach: Three Keys to Helping Small Businesses Access the Finance They Need | NextBillion

Jane Abramovich and Evan Spark-DePass provide insights about how to help small-and-medium enterprises access finance.

How Digital is Solving Three Problems in Agriculture | World Economic Forum Agenda

TechnoServe CEO William Warshauer describes how mobile technology is helping smallholder farmers overcome some of their biggest challenges. 

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