Quarterly performance as at 30 June 2017

Portfolio performance Alterfin's total investments (via capital from investors and third-party funds) was EUR 55.7 million at the end of June 2017, down 10% from March 2017, but up 1.2% on June 2016. This quarterly decrease mainly relates to our financing in Latin America and Africa. It is due firstly to the depreciation of the US dollar against the euro: Alterfin's portfolio mainly consists of dollar loans, and the conversion of these loans into euros tends to reduce their value as the dollar depreciates. Secondly, the coffee season has ended in Central America and has just begun in South

Fairtrade wine: the good taste of development

Since 2011, Alterfin is financing the fairtrade wine of the Argentine cooperative La Riojana. We take a look at our headiest partner. Small wine-growers in Argentina face very low market prices that do not allow them to generate enough income to meet the basic needs of their families. They have limited investment opportunities to modernise their production systems, and this reduces their productivity and hinders their competitiveness with large companies. To try to remedy this, growers can sell their produce on the fairtrade market. Small family farms therefore get together to form

$682 Million to Support Small Businesses and Farmer

Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) today announced in their newly published State of the Sector report that they provided $682 million in loans to 765 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during 2016. This financing helped to generate an estimated $7.6 billion in combined annual revenue among these businesses, which employ 75,000 individuals and connect more than 2.3 million smallholder farmers—nearly one-third of whom are women—to domestic and international markets. CSAF is an alliance of 11 leading impact-focused lenders that serve the financing needs of

Quarterly performance as at 31 March 2017

Portfolio performance Alterfin's total investments (via capital from co-op members and third-party funds) was EUR 61.9 million at the end of March 2017, down 8% from the end of 2016. This decrease reflects the seasonal nature of agricultural activities – in line with the pattern in previous years – and the desire to reduce the exposure of our portfolio in markets that present increasing risks. At this time of the year, the coffee and cocoa harvest is nearing completion in Central America and Africa. Partners in those sectors and area reimburse their credits to Alterfin, which leads to a

Sustainable development in the feminine

A microfinance institution that lends only to women? Yes, it exists and Alterfin is financing one them. Its name is Pro Mujer. From its beginnings in Bolivia, Pro Mujer has expanded to Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Argentina. It is in Argentina that Alterfin has financed the institution since late 2016, which enables the MFI to reach more women who are keen to take control of their lives. Founded in Bolivia in 1990, its mission is to promote the development of women in Latin America. To this end, it offers a range of financial services, including microloans (for an average amount of EUR 600),

Alterfin and players in the coffee sector

Alterfin attended the annual gathering of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), held this year in Washington. This key event brings together all the main players in the coffee sector. It is a great opportunity for Alterfin to meet our active partners in coffee and potential new partners.

Congratulations to Vinos Lautaro!

Our Chilean partner Vinos Lautaro, a winemaker, won the best exporter award for 2017. The award was presented by the Chilean President in person. Well done!

Social performance : 82,012 families benefiting in the South

Alterfin directly benefits 82,012 families in the South with its financing. It focuses on women, who are over-represented among the poorest, and on rural areas, where financial exclusion is the greatest. Giving thousands of people the opportunity to launch or improve a business and thus build a better future is an invaluable social return. Making a difference for thousands of people in the South is Alterfin's raison d'être . To ensure that Alterfin really does make a difference in this way, we conduct a survey of our partners in the South every year, in which we scrutinise a list of social

Adoption of Social and Environmental Principles

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 6, 2017 — Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) announced at their regional meeting that they have formally adopted a set of jointly developed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles . These principles apply across the nine members’ loan portfolios, which in 2015 encompassed $597 million to 672 businesses purchasing crops and providing services to two million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The ratification of these guiding principles is part of CSAF’s broader mission to promote responsible lending

Microloans for the rural poor in West Africa

PAMF ('Première Agence de Microfinance') is based in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. Funded by Alterfin’s investments, the institution is growing year by year. Today it is reaching more people who are excluded from access to financial services, mainly in rural areas. The microfinance institution (MFI) PAMF opened in Burkina Faso in 2006. Ivory Coast followed two years later. Since 2014, Alterfin has funded the MFI, enabling it to grow. Today, PAMF has some ten branches and more than 30,000 customers across the two countries. An MFI with a rural presence PAMF’s customers are mainly located in