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Agriculture Thematic Funding Window

EfD recently launched a thematic funding window to identify and support social enterprises working in agriculture that require grant funding to initiate or scale up their operations. Some design features of the thematic funding window are provided below:

  • Sector: We are interested in opportunities involved in agriculture, with a particular emphasis on those opportunities that utilise technology to improve agricultural productivity.
  • Country focus: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Population group: Opportunities should target improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

  • Size of grants to be provided: Grants are available through the funding window from a minimum value of $20,000 to a maximum value of $60,000.

The funding window has now closed to new opportunities and the selected grantees will be announced shortly.

LivelyHoods Case Study

EfD has released a new case study on LivelyHoods, a social enterprise that trains and employs unemployed youths to market and sell life-improving goods in Kenya’s hard-to-reach slum communities.

The case study provides an overview of the LivelyHoods business model, how the business intends to grow to date, and how it intends to scale up over the coming years.

EfD competition update

EfD was delighted with the high standard of responses to our competition to identify social enterprise solutions for improving MNCH in sub-Saharan Africa.

Having reviewed all of the funding applications received, EfD has selected an overall winner and is working to initiate the project activities over the coming months.

We are also in the process of finalising our approach to selecting a number of other opportunities in the coming months. Details will be announced shortly.

EfD funds videos on AgDevCo’s Mozambique investments

EfD has funded a series of videos on AgDevCo’s social impact investment in Mozambique. You can watch the videos here.

A summary of five projects can be viewed below:

Funding opportunities

EfD is actively looking for opportunities to support social enterprises operating in our Focus Areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

If this may be of interest, please feel free to contact us.