Enterprise development

Woman selling produce at market in Africa
Opening up wider markets

As soon as a farmer is producing enough food to meet their own needs, we encourage them to get their surplus produce to market. We train farmers in understanding market systems, encourage micro-entrepreneurs to develop their adventurous business ideas, and particularly focus on expanding employment opportunities for young people.

Our work on market systems
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Access to affordable finance

Every opportunity and good idea needs accessible, affordable finance to make it a reality. We support informal village banking schemes and access to finance services for growing businesses. So far, more than 100,000 members of village savings groups across 6 Ripple Effect countries have generated over £27m for lending, allowing for many new enterprises to expand.

Our work on financial inclusion
Women selling their food in Africa
Developing women's enterprise skills

Women are powerful drivers of economic development: we recruit at least 67% women as participants in our projects, and provide women-centered mentoring, training and skills development.

Our work with women
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Developing young people's skills

Growing unemployment rates for young people means a generation may miss out on work opportunities. We’re training them in the skills they need, encouraging them to make their own work, and supporting the enterprises which can provide future employment.

Our work with young people
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Deogratious Egeru: Ripple Effect's Enterprise, Development & Innovation Coordinator

Meet Deogratious and learn more about his role developing and delivering business training to farmers, supporting them in building organisations that will run as enterprises and opening up access to markets, credit and other financial services.

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