Evaluating the Impacts of Micro-Loans on Small-Scale Forest Enterprises in The Gambia

Maria Tomaselli

Small-scale forest enterprises in Africa face several limitations that restrict their long-term survival and sustainability, and the lack of access to financial services is cited as one of their most important constraints. This project aims to identify the specific conditions that financial institutions require for investing in the creation of small forestry businesses, and how case study forest-dependent communities in Africa can create these ideal conditions within their capabilities. This research intends to encourage and foster a relationship between these two actors, with the purpose of improving the livelihoods of people living in forest-dependent communities while contributing to the conservation of these forest ecosystems.

Funded by: UBC Hampton Fund