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A Message of Solidarity

As we experience an unprecedented global health pandemic, Alterfin remains true to its mission in a responsible manner. All members of our team now work from home and respect the containment rules issued by the authorities. In these difficult times, I want to send you a message of solidarity on behalf of the whole team. Solidarity with all of you who have contracted COVID-19, solidarity with all of you who are part of the population at risk, solidarity with all medical personnel and with all those who continue to assume their responsibilities for the good functioning of our society.

Canaan: Mission Accomplished!

The evolving relationship between Alterfin and Canaan is a perfect example of what Alterfin has been trying to achieve for the past 25 years: making the difference for organisations involved with small farmers by providing them with adequate funding for their development when local sources of financing are beyond their reach. Then Alterfin coaches them throughout the process, playing the role of a catalyst so that in time they will no longer need our support. Canaan, a fair trade olive oil processing and export company located in Palestine, was founded in 2004 by anthropologist Dr Nasser

FDL and Alterfin, a partnership lasting more than 20 years

It is time to turn the spotlight on a partnership especially close to our hearts. Beyond the financial investment, it is an investment that typifies Alterfin’s values in its constant search for partnerships that make sense in a society where humanity is increasingly factored out of the equation. Alterfin insists on emphasising its principles and strong commitments through its financing projects, so it is a pleasure for us to return to the story of a rich and eventful partnership that has lasted for more than 20 years. The Fondo para el Desarrollo Local (Fund for Local Development) or FDL, a

Testimonial : From Mines to Mangoes thanks to Microcredits

Getting married should be a joyous occasion for a young couple. But for Ma Thi Thi Cho and her husband U Phoe Htaw, the moment was bittersweet. All the newlyweds had to their name was a small, thatched bamboo house and they could see their earnings from seasonal farm work would never be enough to support a young family. It wasn’t long before U Phoe Htaw decided he had to leave his wife in Shwe Bone Thar, a Pa’O village in Shan State, to look for work in the notorious jade mines of Hpakant, hundreds of kilometers to the north. Ma Thi Thi Cho knew that it would be difficult to raise a family

Musoni Services, an Innovative Microfinance Software Company

Alterfin has announced an equity investment into Musoni Services, the award-winning microfinance software company. The funds will be used to support the company’s continued rapid growth and drive expansion into new markets. Alterfin was joined in the investment round by a number of Musoni’s existing shareholders. Musoni provides its innovative banking system to microfinance institutions in emerging markets, helping them to leverage technology and improve efficiency. By using Musoni, microfinance institutions are better able to extend financial services to un(der)banked individuals in emerging

Our Performance in 2017

Social performance Through its financing activities, Alterfin aims to improve the quality of life of thousands of families who experience problems accessing finance. In total, Alterfin's partners benefit 1.8 million people and Alterfin financing directly reaches 116,705 families. 64% of the beneficiaries live in rural areas, where financial exclusion is greatest, and 55% are women, who are disproportionately represented among the poorest people. Alterfin's investments contribute to the many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations. In the Annual Report (pp. 17-31),

B Corp Certification for Alterfin

B Corp is a certification for companies that meet societal, environmental, governance and transparency requirements in the public interest. Its goal is to put the private sector on the pathway to sustainability. B Corp helps companies to benchmark and compare their social and environmental impacts against the world's most demanding standard. More about B Corp

Alterfin Guarantee Fund: call for donations!

In 2000, the cooperative Alterfin, in collaboration with its development cooperation partners (including the NGO platform 11.11.11, Oxfam Solidarité and SOS Faim), created the non-profit organisation Alterfin Guarantee Fund. Its role is to support partners in the South that lack sufficient guarantees or require financing in local currency, by providing guarantees or currency hedging solutions, in order to facilitate their access to financing and hence the development of their activity. Unlike the cooperative, this fund is supplied entirely by donations. Currently, the Guarantee Fund has EUR 1

Alterfin in Asia: A Mission Spanning Land and Sea

Alterfin can boast activities spanning the length and breadth of Asia and the company is henceforth financing nine new partners in four new countries: Indonesia, Kirghizstan and Tajikistan. We have pleasure in presenting an overview of our new Asian partnerships. In 2017 Alterfin focused on the diversification of its portfolio with the financing of new agricultural produce and microfinance institutions (MFI) in new countries. This represents an opportunity for Alterfin to explore the Asian continent with its reinforced team of new members, and has led to our investments in Asia taking off,

Quarterly performance as of 30 September 2017

Portfolio performance Alterfin’s total investments, via the capital brought by the co-op members and third-party funds, amounted to EUR 63 million at the end of September 2017. This represents a quarterly increase of 12.5%, which can be attributed primarily to the new investments made in Asia (see “Alterfin in Asia” article). The growth in investments is also explained by the seasonal nature of certain farm produce (such as cocoa, rice and shea butter), the production and harvesting cycles of which call for financial support between July and September. Portfolio quality The risk portfolio (

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