Rural Finance Support Programme (PAFIR)

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Rural Finance Support Programme

Rural Finance Support Programme (PAFIR)

The goal of this programme is to stimulate economic growth and contribute to poverty reduction by improving the livelihoods of rural households and boosting the viability of enterprises in rural areas of Mozambique. To achieve this goal, the programme improves sustainable access to appropriate financial services for individuals, groups and enterprises in rural areas, while creating a conducive institutional and policy environment for the long-term sustainability and diffusion of rural financial services. 

The programme provides funds and technical assistance to help financial institutions reach out and extend financial services to remote rural areas. At the same time, it helps to organize smallholder farmers, artisanal fishers and other poor people in remote rural communities into self-managed financial associations – thereby facilitating improved management of their own economic resources. 

There are four components to the programme:

  • Institutional, policy and legislative support
  • Innovation and outreach facility
  • Support for community-based financial institutions
  • Economic Development Support Fund (FARE) and programme management.

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Status: Closed
Approval Date
18 December 2003
2003 - 2013
Credit and Financial Services
Total Project Cost
US$ 34.31 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 9.46 million
Co-financiers (International)
African Development Bank US$ 16.35 million
African Development Fund US$ 5.45 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 1.94 million
Financing terms
Highly Concessional
Project ID
Project Contact
Ambrosio Barros

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