Our Programs

Finance for Food Security and Women Entrepreneurs

The Mali Finance for Food Security and Women Entrepreneurs (FFSWE) program focuses on improving the lending environment in Mali for women entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the targeted value chains: rice, millet, sorghum, livestock and agroforestry. This project provides technical support for the MSMEs and partner financial institutions through risk management, […]
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Mali
  • Award Value: $3,000,000
  • VEGA Lead Member: International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
  • Other VEGA Members: NCBA/CLUSA
  • Objective: To faciliate utilization of USAID's Development Credit Authority, targeting women entrepreneurs and businesses in the agribusiness and agri-forestry sectors.
  • Timeline: August 2015 - August 2020
  • Local Partners:

    DC Consulting

The Mali Finance for Food Security and Women Entrepreneurs (FFSWE) program focuses on improving the lending environment in Mali for women entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the targeted value chains: rice, millet, sorghum, livestock and agroforestry. This project provides technical support for the MSMEs and partner financial institutions through risk management, outreach, and technical expertise and financial intermediation advisory support designed to help mitigate risks and costs associated with lending to these entrepreneurs.

Success Stories:
Courage and Cashew Orchards Create Lasting Opportunities
Mrs. Sanogo Namarou Coulibaly, from Sikasso, is one of the largest exporters of cashew nuts in Mali. The oldest of six girls, Mrs. Coulibaly left school early to get married so she could financially help her parents. However, from an early age she showed the desire to be an independent woman and to ensure a better life for her family. Read more