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

Survey: Alterfin members delighted with their investment

Near 500 members participated in the satisfaction survey we ran in September. Here is a compilation of the main findings. In the last edition of Alterfin Info , we invited our co-op members to participate in our satisfaction survey. Near 500 members responded to this invitation. The information gathered will guide us in our future decisions and also gives us a better understanding of our members. ‘Ethical’ investors The vast majority of our members (84%) say that they are mainly attracted by the ‘ethical and sustainable’ aspect of Alterfin shares. The social and financial returns are in Now Also Mobile-Friendly

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More Local Staff in Latin America

Over the past few months, Alterfin has hired two freelance credit managers, Nilton Meza Pastrana (left) and Flavio Ralde Laguna (right) who live in Peru and Bolivia respectively. They follow up partners in their region and also seek new partners. In addition, our former colleague Bernard Ornilla has rejoined the Alterfin team and manages our partners in Central America from his new home in Honduras. Finally, the selection process for our two new credit managers for Africa and Asia is drawing to a close. We will announce the names of our new colleagues in our next newsletter.

Sustainable Agriculture to Fight Poverty

Family agriculture makes a significant contribution towards eradicating hunger and poverty, improving food security, nutrition and livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable development, especially in rural areas. For these reasons, Alterfin is also committed to financing sustainable family agriculture. Over two billion of the poorest people on the planet depend on agriculture as a means of subsistence. However, as long as the terms of trade in the small-scale agriculture sector are unfavourable to them, smallholders will remain the poorest.

600 million USD in loans to 2 million smallholders

Lending grows by over 70% since 2013, yet agriculturalSMEs face ongoing challenges and risks Nairobi, Kenya – Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) today announced in their Year in Review report that they provided $597 million in loans to 672 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during 2015. This financing helped to fuel an estimated $3.7 billion in combined annual revenue among these businesses, which connect more than 2.1 million smallholder farmers—over one-third of whom are women—to domestic and international markets. CSAF is an alliance of nine leading

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural on June 30, 2016

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) will be hosting a “State of the Sector” webinar on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 16:00 CEST. The discussion will feature data and insights on the evolving credit market for agricultural SMEs, including: Growth and risk trends from 2015 Market outlook for 2016 and beyond What’s needed to grow the sector and expand impact Q&A Featured participants include: Brian Milder , Executive Vice President, Root Capital (Representing CSAF) Blaine Stephens , Chief Operating Officer, MIX (Data Partner) Carina Torres , Agriculture

When the South Partners Go Green!

There can be no talk of sustainability without thinking about environmental sustainability. Climate change is affecting our planet and the problems this brings are numerous. Solutions do exist and some local initiatives are flourishing. This is the green side of the Force! Financing sustainable agriculture Agriculture is a sector greatly affected by climate change. Alterfin is investing EUR 24 million in 59 partners who work in sustainable agriculture. In total, over 100,000 small farmers and producers are financed across the world. Together, they cultivate 420,000 hectares of land

Belgian Social Impact Fund Kampani makes its 1st investment

The largest union of coffee cooperatives in Burundi has just opened its own processing plant inside the country. This has been made possible with Belgian funding, specifically an investment of 214,000 dollars by Kampani, an investment fund. This is the first investment for Kampani, which was set up last year by the King Baudouin Foundation, Vredeseilanden, Trias, Alterfin, SIDI, Louvain Cooperation, Boerenbond and other organisations. Kampani is a so-called social impact investment fund, whose aim is to encourage entrepreneurship in agriculture. Focused on Africa, Asia and Latin America,
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