Rural Microfinance and SME Finance

Rural microfinance and rural finance systems are key in the development of agricultural value chains because they enable producers and producer organisations to invest in their means of production or to bridge periods where there is a lack of financial resources. Increasingly online tools and online financial services are being used to facilitate financial transactions in the agricultural sector. These offer interesting opportunities to improve access to financial services for the rural population.

Fair & Sustainable Consulting (F&S) provides consultancy on creating access and improving financial services in the rural sector. F&S has a long standing collaboration with ICCO Terrafina Microfinance, whose aim is to improve financial and technical support to rural finance providers in order to increase access to rural finance for growing numbers of poor people. Together with ICCO Terrafina Microfinance we have developed a complete package of financial and technical support services to support African microfinance institutions (MFIs), rural SME’s and investors. 


Development of A-CAT Tool for Risks Assessment in Agriculture Finance ICCO Terrafina Microfinance, 2017-2020

Consultant: Mariel Mensink

Women’s Participation on Value Chain Finance in Rwanda – NPM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, 2019

Consultants: Mariel Mensink, Angelica Senders

Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) Program – ICCO / Mastercard Foundation, 2016-2021

Design of program, training and coaching of staff, strategy development and coaching on the strengthening of financial services in eight value chains in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Consultants: Mariel Mensink, Bart de Bruyne

Micro-finance, agri-finance and value chains programme (MAVC) – ICCO, Dutch Embassy Burundi, 2014-2020

Proposal development, monitoring, training coaching and facilitating internal learning of the programme staff.
Consultants: Mariel Mensink, Bart de Bruyne

FARM program in DRC – Mercy Corps, 2017-2021

Providing advice and training on Financial Services in support of the Value Chain activities of the program.
Consultant: Bart de Bruyne