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Read our Annual Report 2015

Consult our 2015 Annual Report here . Happy reading!

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!

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

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!

Fair trade coffee financed by Alterfin at the Super Bowl

Death Wish, a company that imports coffee from various Alterfin partners, has been selected to broadcast a commercial during the Super Bowl, which with over 100 million viewers is a major event in American television. It is not surprising if the name Death Wish means nothing to you: this young American company is still in its infancy. However, it succeeded in pulling off a real coup recently: it won the ‘Small Business Big Game’ competition, which had over 15,000 entries. This competition gives one small business the incredible opportunity to broadcast a commercial worth 5 million dollars

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