Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

SME Finance

Small and medium enterprise (SME) finance generally refers to access to financial services for businesses that have up to 250 employees. SMEs are a very heterogeneous group and include a wide variety of firms — village handicraft makers, small machine shops, restaurants, and computer software firms — that possess a wide range of sophistication and skills and operate in very different markets and social environments. Strategies for improving SME access to financing focus on reducing the risks and transactions costs, strengthening the capacity of financial institutions to serve smaller clients, and increasing competitive pressure in financial markets. The aim is to increase the number of financial institutions that find lending to SMEs to be profitable, and therefore sustainable.