In 2020, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic had an extremely detrimental effect on agribusiness SMEs in Africa. The enforced lockdowns meant that supply chains were disrupted, and markets rendered inaccessible, thereby putting agribusinesses in a perilous financial state.
To help partner agribusiness SME’s sustain their operations during the pandemic, 2SCALE resorted to crowdfunding as a way to help the companies to raise money. The first phase went well, with a total of $151,543 being raised. Given the prolonged effects of the pandemic, there was a need to explore ways of helping partner agribusiness SME’s sustain their operations in 2021 due to the after-effects of the pandemic. 2SCALE facilitated a second cohort of the crowdfunding campaign in May 2021. The second cohort had a total of 53 SMEs from Kenya, Mali, and Nigeria participating – up from 38 in 2020. A total of $174,573 was raised, and over $109,000 matched by 2SCALE.