Rwanda’s national economy relies heavily on coffee, which accounts for 30% of the country’s exports. Coffee washing businesses that dry the farmers' coffee beans before export are an important part of the supply chain behind those exports. Each year, these stations require large loans over a short period of time to purchase beans. However, the volatility of coffee prices makes the sector risky for lenders, which means that coffee washing firms find it difficult to secure the loans they need to grow.
June 30, 2016
New Times reports on the spread of skills-based and entrepreneurship education promotion in Rwanda, based on the work of IPA and other organizations there.
What do you get when a Visa exec comes to an IPA conference? It’ll bust your paradigm shift right out of the box.
January 25, 2013
Continuing CGAP’s blog series on practitioners’ takes on our Impact and Policy Conference in Bangkok, Gordon Cooper, head of Emerging Market Solutions at Visa shares his perspective. There to moderate a panel on financial inclusion, he talks about what it was like to come from the private sector into a room full of academic researchers:
November 12, 2012