Since 2003, Blue Rhino is facilitating and promoting financial service provision to SMEs in rural areas in Southern and East Africa. We have a strong track record in enhancing affordable and appropriate access to finance for farmers and agro-entrepreneurs not easily reached by established microfinance institutions and banks.
We have identified a key challenge for African countries: Achieving economic growth and efficient use of natural resources while preventing costly environmental degradation and climate change. We aim for bio-diverse production systems with sustainable links to local, regional and international markets.
We build public-private partnerships, creating win-win situations for people, the environment and businesses. We develop business models that provide return on private investments, but also secures the living of local communities. We tailor our services to the demand of our clients, targeting financial service providers, donors, business support organisations and (private) investors.
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Blue Rhino cooperates closely with its sister company, ProFound – Advisers in Development. In this strategic partnership, ProFound works towards the structural enhancement of earning capacities in areas of agriculture, biodiversity and trade, while Blue Rhino is well-positioned to sustain these efforts by designing appropriate financial support mechanisms.