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Transforming Rural Finance Small Businesses for Impact in Eswatini

The Small Businesses have a role to improve the sustainable livelihoods for the owners and contribute to economic growth. This Report provides the findings of the Business Finance Clinics conducted by CFI for 214 rural businesses operating in 20 Tikhundla centres in the country. The Report shares the experiences of these businesses on the following key aspects and make the recommendations for improvement:

 

  • Planning for the business;

  • Managing the business finance;

  • Managing the markets; and,

  • Business compliance.

 

 

Small Scale Enterprise Loan Guarantee Scheme for Swaziland 2016

Report summarizes the findings on the current situation of the Small Scale Enterprise Loan Guarantee Scheme of the Kingdom of Eswatini, as well as elaborate the recommendations to improve the scheme. It assesses the following key issues:

 

  • The guaranteed credit portfolio;

  • The leverage;

  • The guarantee coverage;

  • The claims procedure;

  • The re-capitalization mechanism; and,

  • The institutional structures.

 

Eswatini MSME Diagnostic Study 2018

This report summarises the findings from the MAP Swaziland diagnostic, a comprehensive study of the scope for financial inclusion in Swaziland across four product markets: credit, payments, savings and insurance. The global Making Access to Financial Services Possible (MAP) programme is a partnership between the United Nations Capital Development Programme (UNCDF), FinMark Trust and the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri). MAP Swaziland is funded by FinMark Trust and was carried out by Cenfri.

Eswatini SME Financial Inclusion Roadmap 2018 – 2022

The Eswatini Making Access Possible (MAP) for Growth: Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development Roadmap lays out a vision and implementation framework for the development of the SME sector in Eswatini. This Roadmap only focuses on SMEs, at the exclusion of micro enterprises. This was in recognition that even though micro enterprises are critical as a major contributor towards livelihoods, they are to bring about meaningful impact in economic growth, hence the focus on SMEs. The diagnostic assessment was conducted in 2018, utilising data from the Finscope Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Eswatini Survey 2017, demand-side qualitative analysis, a supply-side data analysis, and a regulatory/policy landscape
assessment.

Eswatini FinScope Consumer 2018

·      To describe the levels of financial inclusion (i.e. levels of access to financial products and services – both formal and informal)

·      To describe the landscape of access (i.e. the type of products and services used by financially included individuals)

·      To identify the drivers of, and barriers to financial access

·      To assess trends/changes over time (from 2014)

 ·      To stimulate evidence-based dialogue that will ultimate lead to effective public and private sector interventions that will increase and deepen financial inclusion

National Financial Inclusion Strategy Document 2017 - 2022

The Government of Swaziland (GoS) attaches a critical role for financial inclusion. At the microeconomic or household level, financial inclusion can impact people’s welfare directly...   

State of the Microfinance Sector in Swaziland, Final Report, August 2016

To provide the State of the Micro Finance Sector in Swaziland, including the institutional assessment of the performance and risk profile of key players, the identification of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats affecting the Microfinance sector and the elaboration of recommendations to strengthen the sector.

Swaziland FinScope Consumer 2014 Results

·      To describe the levels of financial inclusion (i.e. levels of access to financial products and services – both formal and informal)

·      To describe the landscape of access (i.e. the type of products and services used by financially included individuals)

·      To identify the drivers of, and barriers to financial access

·      To assess trends/changes over time (from 2011)

·      To stimulate evidence-based dialogue that will ultimate lead to effective public and private sector interventions that will increase and deepen financial inclusion

MAP Swaziland Synthesis Stakeholders

This Diagnostic report presents a comprehensive analysis of the financial inclusion environment in Swaziland as part of the Making Access Possible (MAP) Swaziland initiative. MAP will be used to inform the Swazi government’s approach to financial inclusion. In October 2012, the Ministry of Finance formally requested FinMark Trust’s support for its ongoing financial inclusion agenda. It was agreed that the MAP study will form the basis for the development of a multi-stakeholder roadmap for financial inclusion, which in turn will be leveraged as a vehicle towards an integrated financial inclusion strategy in Swaziland.

 
 
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The Centre for Financial Inclusion is a semi-autonomous body under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to facilitate access to financial services for micro-entrepreneurs and the un-banked population through creating an enabling environment for the sector.