The project is a test case for the upscaling of the positive outcomes of commodity projects through financial sources external to the CFC. The project would provide practical facilities to bridge the gap between technically successful project results and their financial viability after completion of CFC project financing. Project stakeholders would be assisted in approaching private financiers with interest in commodity sector to determine financial viability of the project outcomes. The project would provide a systematic framework to help project stakeholders to:

– analyze and formulate the outcomes of their projects as business models, focussing on their capacity to operate without donor support;

– meet lenders and other value chain stakeholders (such as certification agencies, importers etc.) to present their plans and discuss their capacity to borrow and repay loans from FAST lending members;

– conclude the financing agreement between successful project teams and lenders.

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