The role of Harbu Microfinance in the development of the soybean value-chain (Oromia region, Ethiopia).

The role of Harbu Microfinance in the development of the soybean value-chain (Oromia region, Ethiopia).
N°33

In partnership with SOS FAIM1, the Ethiopian NGO FC supports a network
of community cereal banks2 in the district of Jimma, in the Oromia region.
As this network has developed, the dual challenge of access to finance
and markets have become clearly apparent. In response, the NGOs leaders
came up with the idea of bringing together the various actors (producers,
financiers, processors, consumers) to create economic opportunities that
would be advantageous to each of them. This collaboration was built up
around the production of soya milk.
This issue of Zoom Microfinance presents a summary of this experience,
drawing attention to the mutual interests of actors in the construction of
such value-chain alliances. In 2010, Harbu Microfinance Institution, an
MFI created by FC, received the European Microfinance Award for its key
role in this endeavour.

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