Rural Finance Initiative (RFI)
Decades of internal conflict in Colombia have left many people in poverty and without equal financial opportunities. Those living in rural areas and working in agriculture have struggled to obtain financial services — such as credit, deposit, payment, and insurance services. This limitation compromises the ability of individuals and families to improve their productivity and, in turn, inhibits the country’s overall economic growth. The USAID Rural Finance Initiative (RFI) helps rural businesses more easily access financial services, specifically businesses led by women and disadvantaged groups. The project creates and strengthens market-based, rural financial services for micro-, small-, and medium-sized producers and businesses.