Buy from Women

UN Women is piloting the Buy from Women Enterprise Platform, a data-driven, enterprise platform that combines an open source end-to-end cloud-based, and mobile enabled supply chain system to connect women farmers to information, finance and markets. This product innovation enables women farmers to have a 360 degree view of their business lifecycle.  It provides real time reports in dashboard form of key performance indicators including forecasted yields and sales revenue.

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Rollout is ongoing - with almost 1,000 farmers registered. CRM module of the Platform is completed.

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The Buy from Women Enterprise Platform - a data-driven, enterprise platform that combines an open source end-to-end cloud-based, and mobile enabled supply chain system to connect women farmers to information, finance and markets. This product innovation enables women farmers to have a 360 degree view of the entire business lifecycle.  It is mobile enabled, and provides real time reports in dashboard form of key performance indicators including forecasted yields and sales revenue. The registration process includes a mapping of farmers’ land plots, which is then used to generate a yield forecast. It also captures farmers’ and cooperatives’ experience with finance.

 The information about farmers’ expected yield and financial track record captured through the Platform has the potential to unlock social impact investment in processing and post-harvesting labour and time-saving equipment for target cooperatives. Such equipment will enable farmers to avoid distress selling, receive higher prices, and reduce post-harvest losses. Once planting begins, in order to supplement extension services and address the gap in women farmers’ access to such services, the Buy From Women Platform will send text messages to farmers with important climate resilient agricultural extension information. Since the Platform uses open-source software, it can extended to additional farmers within and outside Rwanda at low-cost. Data collection, monitoring and measuring results are built into the system.This will enable an assessment of the financial and socio-economic impact of the Platform, which in the post-pilot stage could mobilize social impact investment, capital assistance and diaspora and crowd funding.

The system registration process collects baseline information on sales revenue. The system then tracks key metrics related to yields, sales volume and prices.   
 

Do you have current users or testers?

Farmers in Rwanda

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

Since the Platform uses open-source software, it can extended to additional farmers within and outside Rwanda at low-cost. Following the results of the pilot, an outreach strategy will be developed

Next Steps

Completing and evaluating the pilot

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