Intellecap, a pioneer in providing innovative business solutions and part of the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group, has launched a report on digitizing rural value chains with high women participation in India. The report focuses on enhancing digital finance services to catapult women’s entrepreneurship in rural India. The report was commissioned by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, implemented by FHI 360.
The report sheds light on rural value chains that have high women participation and are good testing ground for digital financial serviceinterventions that could accelerate India’s financial inclusion agenda and be scaled and replicated in rural India. Women have been identified as the key beneficiaries of this initiative as they play an important role in rural ecosystems both as laborers in sectors like farming and as small-scale entrepreneurs.
Some of the key findings of the report include :
• The dairy value chain has high women participation in rural areas and significant potential to digitise payments directly to dairy farmers' bank accounts. However, low literacy levels and ecosystem gaps on digital transactions are barriers to digital interventions.
• Food and beverage manufacturing in India involves millions of housewives usually operating at the household level. There are significant digital financial service opportunities at this level, including digitisation of savings.
• Deep analysis of rural value chains indicate that rural retail and microfinance are common intersections for financial transactions for rural women,with both of these segments likely to be able to exert influence on rural communities as enablers of change.
Intellecap interacted with over 100 farmers, women entrepreneurs and other small merchants and rural store owners to obtain insights on digital financial service needs and implementation across the value chains in the study.
Vikas Bali, CEO Intellecap, said,“Digital transactions in the rural value chains will bolster financial inclusion quite significantly. Intellecap is building the ecosystems bottom up, to enable digital transactions in rural environments, at par with the urban markets, as the opportunity and potential benefits are significantly larger there. While we have successfully started digitization of the dairy value chain with the potential to impact 2 million+ women farmers, we hope to extend the learnings to multiple other value chains.”
Himanshu Bansal, Project Lead, Intellecap, said, “This report highlights the significant opportunity that exists in rural value chains for digitisation. We have focused on value chainsthat are large, with high women participation, and offer digitisation interventions that are scalable across the country. Successful financial digitisation in rural India warrants the convergence of value chain aggregators with payment enablers, banks, microfinance companies and new age digital lenders in a carefully stitched together and well managed project, which Intellecap is currently executing.”
Josh Woodard, Technical Advisor, FHI 360, said, “Women play a significant role in economic activities in rural India. Digitizing the value chains they participate in is not only key to their financial inclusion, but it is also key to the economic growth of rural India. This report shows that digitizing value chains in rural India can be viable and has the potential to have real and lasting impacts on rural families and communities.”
To Read or Download the Report click here.
Read more »
About the content:
This report is designed to serve as a primer and companion for those considering investing in distributed clean energy systems in India.
About the author:
The CREO Syndicate is a not-for-profit network organization that is helping catalyze more private capital into low carbon, resource efficient and environmental solutions to accelerate the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable global economy and society. CREO believes that wealth owners, as well as their family offices and foundations, have a leadership role to play in this transition. Working with an established network of private investors, CREO provides an expert and peer-to-peer educational platform that promotes collaboration and resource sharing to enable more private investors to execute their investment theses for commercial return and measurable impact.
For more information, please visit www.creosyndicate.org.
To access the full report, please click here.
Read more »
Read more »
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Intellecap Advisory Services, has published The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia, the first-ever detailed analysis of impact investing activity across Southeast Asia. The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia provides deep insight into the three most active markets in the region: Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, and a broader regional overview of the remaining eight countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.
Download the full report
From the foreword:
At GMC coLABS, we rely on the entrepreneurs in whom we invest to educate us on how to be better funders. We aren’t the experts in our portfolio companies’ different regions and sectors; they are. They have much greater knowledge and lived experiences, and they operate in the real world dealing with real challenges every day. As investors, we feel that we have a responsibility to share what we are learning from those we support. Our first report focuses on the customer.
Despite the diversity of our portfolio, we find that most entrepreneurs face some of the same challenges. Our hope is that by sharing what we are learning we can help someone else’s journey to becoming a better investor or a better entrepreneur. We encourage you to share this report with anyone in your network who may find it similarly helpful.
We hope our insights are interesting, and welcome any comments and insights of your own.
The coLABS Team
Read more »
The POP-UP INDIA Incubator 2018 is now accepting applications for its incubator program to solve business and social challenges in accessibility, affordability and awareness of essential services, managing solid waste and compost valorization.
The early-stage organizations will receive access to Veolia's world-class infrastructure, scaling-up with existing customer base build in last 160 years, mentoring from experienced executives from team of 179,000 employees and networking opportunities for investment and commercialization.
The projects will be selected through a competitive selection process and the top 5 finalists will then go for a 6-week co-creation phase with Veolia and Ennovent. During this phase, start-ups develop plans for creating and testing the minimum viable product or service in Veolia’s value chain.Read more »
One of the challenges that enterprises face is ‘Communications’, which is often seen as a cost head that is needed but not essential. That is until it’s time to fundraise or launch a product or a service or grow your customer base. Telling your impact story is critical to building your brand and visibility in a crowded sector.
Unlock Impact, a platform and consultancy that partners with businesses and non-profits, brings you the Virtual Communications Ninja – an experienced resource dedicated to your organisation, without the challenges of hiring, training or managing on a day-to-day basis.
Someone who will:
* Work with you ‘virtually’ as part of your team
* Execute your communications and strategy developed and customised to your needs
* Managed through tried-and-tested tools, systems and frameworks built by Unlock Impact
Find out more about how this new and useful resource can help you amplify your impact.
Read more »
This report contains information on Gray Ghost Venture's impact measurement and financial performance, special features on some of their portfolio companies, and continued tracking of their companies against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to further evaluate the social impact of their investees.Read more »
World Bank Group, Norad, Sida, Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Finlad, and UKaid | 2018
Employing a bottom-up meets top-down framework, this report highlights the value of linking small farmers and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to modern markets and agro-industries. Utilizing public-private partnerships in emerging markets allows for the opportunity to expand ago-processing and build effective business models by facilitating new market linkages. This report also sets out a number of policy messages and recommendations that have emerged from the preparatory work undertaken in 56 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Read more »
SEEP, Itad, Mastercard Foundation, and UNCDF | 2018
Relations between Savings Groups (SGs) and Financial Service Providers (FSPs) have received both a great deal of attention and considerable funding. In recent years, governments, donors, civil society organizations, and businesses have recognized the critical role that access to financial services can play in the fight against poverty. Despite the high-level of attention financial inclusion has commanded, the barriers to progress are numerous. Most impoverished households have neither the assets nor the skills necessary to interact with formal institutions. This report focuses on addressing these challenges and presenting opportunities for FSPs in working with SGs.Read more »