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Deforestation is one of the main causes of land degradation and climate change. But forests are also the source of livelihoods for many of the world’s most vulnerable communities, which means restricting human use of forests is not always an option. This leads to the question: How can we support actors in forest value chains while ensuring sustainable forest management?
Part of the solution is to support local communities in managing their business while encouraging their adoption of good practices. Microfinance can be a key tool to achieve this: It offers small-scale loans and funding streams that can support the management of the activity of actors in forest value chains, and can complement the offer of financial services by building the capacity of these actors.
In this GLF Live conducted in French only, learn from the managing director of the microfinance institution Inkunga in Rwanda and its technical and financial partner ADA about their initiative to support Rwandan forest value chains through these services.
Claudien Nsengimana is the director general of l’Inkunga Finance PLC in Rwanda.
Mathilde Bauwin is the head of Knowledge Management at Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA).