Active Programme

Irish Potato Value Chain Financing (IPoVaF)

SPARK and local partner organisations are increasing access to (digital) financial services for smallholder Irish potato farmers in Rwanda, which enhances their productivity, income and job opportunities.

Farming cooperatives are trained and coached in business development, finance, entrepreneurship and management skills to increase membership. SPARK aims to improve the market position of farmers by creating strong, stable business and market relations with other chain operators. 

The IPoVaF Mobile Platform has been developed for simple phones without the need for internet access. It provides farmers with financial services such as paying, saving, borrowing, and accessing insurance, without the need for them to enter a bank. In addition, other important services are provided via the mobile platform, including market updates, financial and entrepreneurial education, weather and group chat functions, allowing cooperative members to stay in touch.

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Opening pathways to employment

  • 556
    jobs created
  • 111
    businesses created
  • 82
    loans provided
  • 47
    businesses grew