Updated May 24, 2019


Financing Models for Small-Scale Farming Technology Adoption Among the Rural Poor

Martin on pump on farm

Martin Fisher

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Stage 2: Research & Development

KickStart is conducting a large-scale randomized trial in Kenya to determine the effectiveness of these two financing programs in increasing irrigation pump adoption.

Registered in Kenya.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Economic Growth and Trade, Gender and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Agriculture, Economic Growth and Trade, Gender, Digital Finance and Social and Behavior ChangeSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

KickStart has developed two financing mechanisms to increase access to their income-generating, small-scale irrigation pumps. The first, “Mobile Layaway,” enables a farmer to easily save up to purchase a pump by making small payments through a mobile phone through the M-Pesa platform. The second, “Rent-to-Own,” enables farmers to receive a pump after just an initial down payment, put the pump to use immediately and make regular rental payments toward pump ownership.


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