The USAID-Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (USAID-FinGAP) says it has reserved an amount of $500,000 as grant to the Eximguaranty Company Ghana Limited (Exim Ghana).
The grant it says, would be used to subsidize the cost of credit guarantee premiums on loans from financial institutions to agribusinesses in the rice, maize and soy value chains.
“The fund will serve as collateral substitute to help agribusinesses secure financing while reducing the risk for the financial institutions,” it said in a press release issued in Accra and copied to ghanabusinessnews.com February 24, 2015.
According to the release, financial institutions can access the grant by making a loan to an agribusiness in the rice, maize and soy value chain, will submit the loan application to Eximguaranty for consideration.
“Once Eximguaranty agrees to cover the transaction, the financial institution will either bear the 50% cost of the premium or share with the agribusiness,” it adds.