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447. Protecting small rice growers thanks to an innovative index-based crop insurance product

Agriculture is a key activity in Sri Lanka, but is mainly practiced by poor smallholders who farm very small parcels of land. Plus, farm yields are subject to unstable weather conditions and wide price fluctuations that threaten farmers’ incomes. Under such conditions, crop insurance is seen as essential to safeguarding farmer assets. But, to make […]

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441. Small savings, big development for farmers in northern Uganda

Small savings, big development is the motto of Koboko United Cooperative, a savings and credit co-operative (SACCO) in northern Uganda, an area that is still recovering from the effects of civil war. One of the best SACCOs in the West Nile region, its nine employees serve 2780 members. Established in 2003, Koboko SACCO is addressing […]

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435. Peace of Mind in a Time of Mourning Thanks to Loan Life Insurance

In West Africa, two million families are now protected by an innovative and advantageous loan life insurance product. This product was developed by the Confederation of Financial Institutions of West Africa (CIF) and its six member networks of financial cooperatives, including the PAMÉCAS network in Senegal, in collaboration with Développement international Desjardins (DID) and Desjardins […]

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385. A home of their own thanks to housing finance

“Owning our own home gives us peace of mind and makes life easier,” explains Alimatou Diakité, a member of the Réseau des caisses populaires du Burkina Faso (RCPB). Home ownership is an essential development tool for societies and a dream around the world. Healthy and durable housing provides a foundation for building up family assets, […]

380. One Bean at a Time

Ever wonder where Starbucks delicious coffee comes from? Some of Starbucks’ rare and exquisite coffee comes from Sidama, Ethiopia, where Ferro Cooperative’s gourmet coffee is known to be Starbucks eighth Black Apron Exclusive. Other Ethiopian cooperatives’ coffees were inspired by the Ferro Cooperative and have created their own coffee which received universal acclaim for its […]