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Accelerating Growth and Inclusion in Lending for Credit Unions (AGIL4CU)

Cooperative Development Organisation

Period of Implementation

October 2023 - September 2028

Geographic scope

Africa: Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal

Americas: Guatemala


$ 9,352,907
€ 8 606 292


Multilateral Aid: United States Agency for International Development


Banking & Financial Services, Climate & Environment, Digitalisation

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Monitoring & Evaluation, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building


Accelerating Growth and Inclusion in Lending for Credit Unions (AGIL4CU) will advance financial cooperatives by improving their capacity to meet the evolving needs of their members, including for secure digital services access, with a focus on increasing MSME lending, targeting women- and youth-led businesses, and climate adaptation financing in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Guatemala. AGIL4CU will 1) improve credit union leaders’ strategic and technical capacity, 2) increase the value of digital, cybersecure services, 3) expand and iterate on streamlined MSME lending processes for economic growth, 4) implement youth and women specific loan products, and 5) expand climate adaptive financing. 

Project Objectives

The AGIL4CU project has three objectives:  

1. To strengthen cooperative capacity through  

a) improved governance, management, and leadership.  

b) improved member services.  

c) improved member equity and increased capitalization.  

2. To improve the enabling environment through increased awareness of cooperative regulatory priorities  

3. To help build the cooperative movement by sharing knowledge and enhancing the development community’s support to cooperatives 

Impact on SDGs

SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG10 - Reduced Inequalities
SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG13 - Climate Action
SDG17 - Partnership for The Goals

Key Tags

Entrepreneurship, Gender, Youth