Learning resources for community-based forest enterprises

Rural Finance is about providing financial services for people living in rural areas. This Learning Centre aims to assist organisations in developing countries to build their capacity to deliver improved financial services which meet the needs of rural households and businesses.

FAO's Linking Farmers to Markets, a selection of brief case studies of ways in which farmers have linked with markets, through their own efforts and with assistance from others.

FAO's Rural Income Generating Activities (RIGA) project aims at promoting the understanding of the role of such activities for poverty reduction and development.

Competency-based Economies, Formation of Enterprise (CEFE) has evolved from an approach training individuals who want to start their own enterprise to a comprehensive training methodology.

Microfinancing opportunities:            

Kiva: Loans that Change Lives
Microvest: Investing in One World  
MIX Market: Microfinance Information Exchange  
Planet Rating microfinance rating agency
Catholic Relief Services' microfinance program    

Oikocredit: Investing in People 
MicroPlace: Invest Wisely. End Poverty.
Terrafina Microfinance
Grameen Foundation microfinance technology
Partners In Development (PID)
Red de Instituciones de Microfinanzas de Guatemala, REDIMIF
Entrepreneurial Finance Lab

Reports and information from community-based forest enterprise partners 

Supporting Small Forest Enterprises: A Cross Sectoral Review of Best Practices
By Duncan MacQueen, International Institute of Environment and Develoment, 2008
This report reviews the growing consensus on best practice support structures for small
and medium enterprises in a framework widely known as 'market system development'.
The framework unites attempts to strengthen enterprise associations, provide Financial and
Business Development Services and transform the Business Environment. 


last updated:  Tuesday, July 29, 2014