Alterfin in the SCAA and at the Social Performance Task Force

The SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) is the unmissable event in the coffee sector where everyone involved in the sector (producers, importers, financial backers, etc.) meet up. Alterfin participated this year again in the event that was held in Atlanta from 14 to 17 April. Alterfin took also part in the Social Performance Task Force in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 30 May to 2 June 2016. This conference is attended by inclusive finance players and considers the social aspects of investments. Our Peruvian partner, San Juan del Oro, flanked by Saul and Nilton of Alterfin at the SCAA

Welcome to Loes and Louis

Alterfin welcomes two new team members: Loes Verbeeck and Louis Guézou. Loes becomes our part-time Human Resources officer while Louis is joining the Latin America team as investment manager. Welcome to both of you!

Subscribe to Alterfin shares until 31st of July 2016 and receive Oxfam gift vouchers

Alterfin is paying a dividend for the 17th consecutive year. This year's dividend amounts to 1.75%, slightly up on last year. Reinvest your dividend in new Alterfin shares and receive Oxfam gift vouchers. The General Assembly held on 19 March 2016 decided to grant a dividend of 1.75%. This dividend is now available. 'Recycle' your dividend Three possible ways for you to use your dividend: you can 'recycle' (reinvest) it to obtain additional shares, offer it to the Alterfin Guarantee Fund or have it placed in your bank account. We are asking you to reinvest it in new Alterfin shares. By doing

Alterfin: reforestation project in the Peruvian Amazon to compensate CO2 emissions

In order to offset our CO2 emissions, Alterfin decided to continue financing the reforestation project being undertaken by one of its partners, the Acopagro cooperative in the San Martin region in the Peruvian Amazon. This project involves planting native trees within the producers’ cocoa plots in order to develop model agroforestry systems which will ensure the long-term future of cocoa crops. As well as reducing the carbon impact, agroforestry brings many other benefits. The agroforestry systems make it possible to protect biodiversity. They also use little fertiliser, enabling farmers to

Alterfin's 2015 Annual Report is here!

The 2015 Annual Report is out. Have a good read! Read the Annual Report

Cocafcal wins a Fairtrade Award

Honduran coffee cooperative Cocafcal, an Alterfin partner, has won a Fairtrade Award from Fairtrade International in the ‘Small producer organisation of the Year’ category. Well done! More info

2015 retrospective: highlights

In 2015, Alterfin’s share capital jumped 7.1 million euros to pass the 50 million euros mark by the end of the year. 56,215 families in 30 developing countries benefited from access to basic financial services. Alterfin’s capital continued its strong growth in 2015. With an increase of 7.1 million euros, it stood at 50.9 million euros at the end of the year. 56,215 families benefited directly from Alterfin’s work With the capital raised, Alterfin was financing 131 partners in 30 developing countries on 31 December 2015. Alterfin developed collaborations with partners in Panama and Burkina

Access to the market for small-scale farmers: innovative cooperation models

Smallholders in the South encounter numerous difficulties on a daily basis. First of all, they face many risks: climate change, epidemics, commodity price volatility, etc. Access to the market and very fluctuating demand make them even more vulnerable. So it is difficult to have a stable income and cope with unexpected events. But it is not all doom and gloom. “Sometimes we harvest a lot of beans but we don’t manage to sell them, and other times, when our harvests are small, buyers ask us for more.” explains Nyambura, a woman farmer in Kenya. “Fortunately, now I sell my production to Vert Ltd

Focus on Alterfin’s 21st General Assembly

'Market access for small-scale farmers: innovative cooperation models' was the theme of the discussion launched by Alterfin at its General Assembly (GA) on March 19, 2016. The Kenyan company Vert, represented by its Director of Operations, Mrs Jane Maïna, took part in order to provide a practical illustration of the topic under consideration. SMEs that bring added value to producers Vert exports fresh fruits and vegetables to Europe grown by more than 1,500 small farmers. The SME also has plans to start selling mango pulp and passion fruit on the local market in the near future. The

Alterfin raises 3 million euro in 2 months

Alterfin's fundraising campaigns of December 2015 and January 2016 brought an additionnal 3 millions euros capital. This freshly raised capital will be used to finance our partners in microfinance and sustainable agriculture in the South. On March 31, 2016, Alterfin’s social capital exceeded 53 million euros. Thank you to all participants. Enjoy your fair trade products!