Bridging the Gap

Our Projects

Access to Finance for Smallholder Cocoa Farmers in the Caribbean

In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Connexus worked with the St. Vincent Cocoa Company (SVCC) to assist the Farmers Support Company (FSC) to enhance its lending program to smallholder farmers. To build the capacity of FSC staff, Connexus conducted its agricultural value chain finance training along with strategy planning and product development workshops. Connexus helped SVCC unlock access to finance for their farmers and FSC reduce risk associated with lending to small farmers. Connexus also worked with the FSC to develop sustainable, comprehensive risk management systems and helped troubleshoot the pilot lending program, providing concrete recommendations on how the program can be strengthened and expanded.

St. Vincent Cocoa Company (SVCC)