Passion fruit from Ethiopia
The Dutch company Africa Juice focuses on the production of tropical fruit juices. The company is setting up a large plantation and factory in Ethiopia. Africa Juice helps farmers transform into suppliers. They will supply the fruit to the factory, meeting fair trade standards. Where possible, the production will also be organic.
Financial insitution in Ethiopia is expanding its credit portfolio
Metemamen is an ambitious microfinance institution (MFI) in Ethiopia. The MFI is especially focused on the female rural population in the provinces of Oromia and Southern Nations. Metemamen stimulates women's empowerment. Terrafina has started cooperating with Metemamen in 2007. Terrafina is the microfinance programme in Africa started by ICCO, Oikocredit and the Rabobank foundation.
Rural microfinance institute receives loan from local bank
Busaa Gonofaa is an Ethiopian microfinance institute (MFI) that has a strong social motivation. Busaa Gonofaa has increasingly been focusing on rural clients since it was founded in 2001. The organisation is one of the first MFIs in Ethiopia that introduced a rural village bank. Busa Gonofaa started with this system since 2006 in a few regions. Their plan is to increase this in the upcoming period.
More possibilities for microcredit in Ethiopia's rural areas
SFPI (Specialized Financial and Promotional Institution) is a medium sized microcredit institution in Ethiopia. SFPI is being supervised by the Ethiopian Central Bank and is one of ICCO's and Terrafina's successful partners since 2003. The organisation has more than 23000 clients, both in rural and urban areas. More than fifty percent of them are women. SFPI wants to expand their activities in rural areas.
A loan for Ehthiopian organisation Wasasa
Wasasa is a microfinance organisation in Ethiopia which is growing rapidly and was founded in 2000. In seven years time the number of clients grew to 30,000 and the organisation works in a sustainable fashion. Wasasa is able to afford its costs, due to its income. That is an important aspect of the credit organisation's survival rate. Wasasa has 15 offices, also in rural areas which are difficult to get to. Customers can save money and borrow it, both in groups and individually. Small amounts are also welcomed at Wasasa. That is how it is able to service the poorest people, who need access to micro credit.
More financial security in marginal areas of Ethiopia
Action for Development is a local, non-governmental organisation in Ethiopia. The organisation originated from rehabilitation work as part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) programme of the United Nations. ICCO's finance enable AfD to execute a programme designed to empower people in Maale Woreda and to make their life more secure.
Professionalisation of rural savings- and credit corporations in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia the rural corporate sector has been undermined for years due to extreme governmental influence. The current regime however allows for the sector to grow. They take farmers' interests to heart and democratic organisations are their point of departure. The new policy also provides opportunities for rural savings- and credit corporations.
Microfinance for rural clients
Buusaa Gonofaa is an Ethiopian microfinance organisation with a very strong social conviction. They have started focusing more and more on poor rural clients since their foundation in 2001. Buusaa Gonofaa is one of the first organisations in Ethiopia that introduced a rural village bank, in order to be able to help rural areas to ensure that costs are being used effectively.
Social services for remote population in Ethiopia
The organisation APDA has been ICCO's partner for nine years. APDA has assisted the population of two of the most remote areas of the Afar region in Ethiopia to set up social services. Before APDA there was hardly any medical care or education. ICCO has agreed to finance it throughout the period of 2008 to 2010.
Global aid to learn and experience
IIRR Africa Regional Centre is one of the programmes started by global organisation IIRR (International Institute for Rural Reconstruction) which is located in the Philippines. IIRR's mission is a) to work with the poor and their communities on equal footing as a partner, to enable them to improve their own life;b) to learn from and document their own work to develop practical and innovative solutions for the alleviation of poverty; and c) to share these lessons and experiences with others.
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