Maha Agriculture Private Co. Ltd
AgriFI’s loan of $3 million contributes to grow Maha Agriculture Private Co. Ltd portfolio and increase the number of farmer borrowers up to 90,000 in the next 3 years
Maha Agriculture Private Co. Ltd was created in 2013 as a subsidiary of Myanma Awba Group, one of the largest agricultural input distributors in the country, currently serving approximately 3.5 million farming families.
Farmers in Myanmar are a community which has been underserved by formal financial institutions. With 70 percent of the country’s labour force in the agriculture industry, it is essential for these farmer communities to have access to credible FSPs (financial service providers). The current lack of access to formal financing drives them to borrow from informal moneylenders with high-interest rates, significantly reducing profits they make from their harvests. Therefore, Maha Agriculture Private Co. Ltd was created as a microfinance institution with a visionary goal to become the leading rural MFI in Myanmar, leveraging Awba Group strong expertise of Myanmar agriculture sector.
AgriFI aims to support the company strong growth plan and contributes to increase its current loan portfolio, building on their >50 000 active borrowers served in 32 branches across 8 regions.
AgriFI $ 3 million investment over 3 years will contribute to grow Maha portfolio, enable to increase the number of farmer borrowers up to 90,000 in coming 3 years and hence enable them to invest in higher quality input, improve agricultural yield, therefore obtain higher income, increase their consumption expenditures and improve overall quality of life.
The project is in line with AgriFI investment strategy and its additionality vision due to:
- Strong impact on smallholders: 100% rural portfolio, with >90% of loans issued towards agri smallholders (May 2019)
- Early stage: young MFI with ambitious growth ahead
- Local currency risk: loan in local currency (MMK)
- Catalysing additional private investments: enabling Maha Agriculture Public Co. Ltd to secure its funding on time to reach its growth objectives, and willing to collaborate with additional investors and DFIs interested in the opportunity.
$ 3 million
Targeted impact – Smallholder farmers
Targeted impact – Tons of food production
Targeted impact – Ha of area cultivated