INTEGRA: Making Financial Services Accessible to Young People in Guinea

Samba Bah and Boubacar Bah are members of an agricultural producers’ cooperative in the West African nation of Guinea. Like hundreds of young farmers in the region, the duo need funding to develop income-generating agricultural activities but don’t have many financing options.

Financial institutions also view young people engaging in informal activities, such as farming, as ‘risky clients.’ Without access to appropriate financing, in particular credit, Boubacar and Samba have little hope of using their skills to earn a living from agriculture. They also remain financially excluded, hindering economic participation and their ability to contribute to Guinea’s development.

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