Project Sparrow is an initiative developed to reduce the risk of local and global investments in selected agribusiness and agritech companies in Nigeria to help them achieve higher productivity, better returns, inclusive growth, and access to ﬁnance.
The project is expected to positively impact over 50 direct beneﬁciaries and a total of 25,000 smallholder farmers while creating 4,000 jobs.
“The vision of the company has been to tackle the most prominent problem of the 21st century in Africa, joblessness,” said Engr Michael Oluwagbemi, Executive Partner of LoftyInc.
Access to funding has always posed a major challenge to innovative agric-focused start-ups and MSMEs in the country.
It also led to microﬁnancing that provides various kinds of funding to novel business solutions covering various sectors of the economy.
Building on this momentum, Project Sparrow will provide incremental ﬁnancing of US$6.5 million to not less than 20 MSMEs (half of which will be women or youth-led) from an initially selected 50 MSMEs.
“The Trade Hub and LotfyInc share the common goal of supporting small and medium-sized businesses to be drivers of economic growth in Nigeria,” said Wheele Chief of Party for the Trade Hub.
It also plans market action and execution that will emphasize leveraging smallholder farmers and their cooperatives and scaling up eﬀorts in tandem with development ﬁnancing to achieve high impact.
Additionally, there will be expected opportunities during the program to share lessons learnt for continuous improvement process.