RuralInvest: Fostering Access to Finance for Small-scale Entrepreneurs

RuralInvest is a free toolkit designed to support field technicians in their work with entrepreneurs by allowing the systematization and development of bankable and sustainable business proposals.

The toolkit comprises user-friendly software, an e-learning course, tailored face-to-face training, user manuals, and a worldwide community of users. Through a participatory and bottom-up approach, RuralInvest methodology brings together local communities, rural entrepreneurs, government field technicians, project staff, and financing institutions to identify, prepare, evaluate and finance small-and medium-size sustainable rural investment projects.

Our approach

RuralInvest’s participatory bottom-up approach ensures that farmers take ownership in their projects. Business plans are developed through interactive group sessions, use of flipcharts, and constant communication between RuralInvest users and the farmers. We aim to build up national capacities by generating pools of users and trainers from national institutions who can implement the methodology and undertake RuralInvest activities.


The RIV20 software

User-friendly and free software that supports all types of small and medium-scale rural businesses and translates participatory data collection into professional-quality business plans. It is open-source and works perfectly offline. Cloud features are under development and will be ready by mid-2022.



The users

RuralInvest users come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Field technicians, extension agents, members of universities or training centres, business plan development consultants, or financial specialists can become experts in RuralInvest. The users understand which data are needed to develop a business plan, how to collect it and insert it in the software, and how to analyse the business plans generated.


The results

Harmonized and visually appealing reports make it easy to evaluate and compare business proposals with solid capital budgeting and performance indicators automatically calculated.



Discover more about RuralInvest

Join Marietóu Sissao to learn more about RuralInvest implementation. Marietóu is a RuralInvest trainer from Burkina Faso. She supports entrepreneurs in developing more sustainable business concepts and bankable business plans.


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