ACUMEN ENTREPRENEURS BUILD SOLUTIONS TO THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES FACING THE POOR
An agriculture aggregator and distributor linking Colombia’s smallholder farmers to markets.
Disconnected from formal markets in rural, post-conflict areas, Colombia’s farmers are forced to rely on profit-dwindling intermediaries to sell their produce. As a result, farmers earn an average of only $2.80 per day for their yields.
Acceso Colombia buys farmers’ high-quality fruit, vegetables and fish, processes and packages the produce in community-run warehouses and delivers the goods to high-value retailers and supermarkets. By removing intermediaries from the value chain, Acceso increases farmers’ income for their yields.
Acceso has increased farmers’ net incomes by an average of 50 percent. The company has impacted 9,000 lives to date, and plans to expand to its sixth region by 2020.