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Agwenda Investments is a profit-making organization (limited by shares) providing agro-dealer, trading and veterinary services to smallholder farmers in Malawi. Noticing a gap in accessing quality farm inputs through loans from the bank and Microfinance Institutions by most rural women smallholder farmers, Agwenda Women Input Loan Initiative (AWILI) was established to close that gap. An input loan model developed closely with rural women smallholder farming communities (usually considered "un-bankable" communities) is championing women transformation while attaining business growth. Started in 2014, AWILI operates on 4 strategic business pillars:
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To meet the farmers’ expectation and beyond.
To be the company that satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of rural women smallholder farmers through Agribusiness across Malawi.
To contribute towards increasing incomes and improve food security for smallholder (especially women and youth) farming households across Malawi in a profit oriented and sustainable manner.
The main problem of Malawi’s agriculture are low productivity and profitability of smallholder agriculture. Limited access to improved farming inputs has contributed to low productivity leading to most rural household food insecure. Shortage of markets (especially by women) has led to low profitability. Despite women championing farm activities, they are the most marginalized in accessing input finance.
We provide improved and certified agro-inputs to rural masses at competitive prices to ensure they access quality inputs in a bid to increase productivity. We deliberately target women by financing them with improved farm inputs on loan paid back in kind.
Our targeted value chains are oil crops, spices, rice and legumes. We provide ready markets under the same value chains.