Purchase Order Finance in Bolivia: Innovations in Financing Value Chains

Value chain finance is defined as financial products and services that flow to or through a value chain to increase returns on investment and growth and competitiveness of that value chain. The “Innovations in Financing Value Chains” competition was held in December 2008, and two selected winners were honored at an awards ceremony in February 2009. This case study details the methodology and experience of one of the winners, Crimson Capital/Chemonics’ Rural Competitiveness Activity in Bolivia.

This case study comprises four main sections: Section II describes the Bolivian context and rationale for the intervention; Section III outlines Crimson Capital’s methodology; Section IV describes how the approach was implemented in the coffee value chain in the Yungas region of Bolivia; and Section V provides conclusions and lessons learned.

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