Collatio Insignis explores possibilities to unlock economic opportunities together with farmers by partnering up and finding solutions to let farmers access these new entrepreneurial opportunities. For example, in 2017 we provided a farmer group with solidarity loan packages that allowed farmers to develop diversified farming systems, like pumpkins and cabbage.
Before our intervention, these farmers were predominantly dependent on their coffee sales and were regularly exploited by traders. Because these traders also provided financial advances, farmers could not move up and capture additional value in supply chains where they are the key stakeholder.
Instead of providing financial loans with high interest rates to farmers, Collatio Insignis dares to enter into joint ventures with farmers, handing over the control of this new venture (of course under the monitoring framework of Collatio Insignis). Through our shared enterprise, farmers can tap into inaccessible markets and create a link with buyers. The higher the price from these offtakers, the better it is for farmers … and for us.
For the continuance of our own business, we have to explore the best possible market opportunities. When farmers do not need us anymore, we move out of their way and look for other opportunities to support farmers in other locations.