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The aim of the Rural and Community Development Fund is provide funding to aspiring rural entrepreneurs and to facilitate skills transfer and operational involvement by community groups thereby promoting social and economic upliftment in pursuant of the NEF Mandate.

Sectors funded:

  • Agro Processing and Manufacturing
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Forestry and Fisheries
  • Commercial Property
  • Aqua and Marine Culture
  • Non – Farm Activities (rural based)

The key criteria of this product are:

  • Projects must be financially sustainable
  • BEE applicants should be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business
  • Technical partners should be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business
  • The NEF will invest using debt, equity and quasi-equity instruments
  • Minimum black ownership of 25.1% is a requirement
  • Joint ventures between black and non-black partners to support skills transfer
  • The business should be able to repay NEF’s investment
  • The business must have a clear value-add with a sustainable business case
  • The NEF will exit from the investment in 5 to 10 years
  • The NEF reserves the right to oblige applicants to participate in the NEF mentorship programme

Rural and Community Development Fund offers the following financing products:

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