IMPACT AREA: Agriculture

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Proximity Finance

Proximity Finance

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Proximity Finance (Proximity) is a socially focused MFI in Myanmar with a loan portfolio of over $11M and more than 60,000 borrowers, 51% of whom are women and 100% of whom live in rural areas.
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Fundacion Espoir

Fundacion Espoir

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Fundación Espoir (Espoir) is a socially focused microfinance institution (MFI) in Ecuador with a loan portfolio of over US$45M and over 48,000 borrowers, 80% of whom are women and 74% of whom live in rural areas.
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Naasakle International LLC

Naasakle International LLC

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Naasakle International LLC (Naasakle) is a family-owned, vertically integrated shea processing and marketing business founded in 2000 that operates in Ghana and the United States, utilizing a direct “picker to consumer” model to connect Ghanaian women shea pickers with global consumer markets.
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Fonkoze

Fonkoze

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The mission of Fonkoze is to build the economic foundations for democracy by providing poor women in rural areas with access to financial services and business education.
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Transcapital

Transcapital

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Transcapital is a small microfinance institution operating in the poor suburbs (the “ger” districts) on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.
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EcoZoom East Africa

EcoZoom East Africa

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EcoZoom East Africa is a for-profit social enterprise and certified B Corporation founded in 2013 in Kenya, with the goal of supplying healthy, efficient, ecofriendly products to base-of-the-pyramid consumers.
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IMON International

IMON International

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IMON International (IMON) is a prominent MFI in Tajikistan with a loan portfolio of over $81M and over 100,000 borrowers.
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Vision Fund Lanka

Vision Fund Lanka

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Vision Fund Lanka (VF Lanka) focuses primarily on providing microfinance loans to people living in rural areas of Sri Lanka, especially women, through a group lending methodology. Since its conversion to an LLC in 2012, VF Lanka has made it a priority to strengthen management capabilities, reduce operating costs, improve efficiency, and source funding at market rates.
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MicroEnergy Credits (MEC)

MicroEnergy Credits (MEC)

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MicroEnergy Credits (MEC) is a clean energy marketing and distribution company founded in 2007 that partners with financial institutions and suppliers to provide low-income households and microentrepreneurs in India, Kenya, and Mongolia with access to affordable, clean energy products like solar lights, efficient cookstoves, and water purifiers.
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Venture South

Venture South

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Ngosyon Pinoy Finance Corporation (NPFC), also known as Venture South, is a Small and Medium Finance Institution (SMFI) that lends primarily to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Venture South is financing the “missing middle" and generating jobs for the unemployed and underemployed excluded from the formal labor market.
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DLO Haiti

DLO Haiti

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DLO Haiti is an innovative water purification and distribution business founded in 2013 with the goal of developing a sustainable and scalable model to access clean water in Haiti.
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Tolaro Global

Tolaro Global

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Tolaro Global is a cashew nut processing business based in Parakou, a small town in Northern Benin. Founded in 2010, Tolaro sources raw cashew nuts directly from local farmers and transforms them for export.
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Tolaro Global

Benin
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Providing improved market access to smallholder cashew farmers in Benin

Tolaro Global is a cashew nut processing business based in Parakou, a small town in Northern Benin. Founded in 2010, Tolaro sources raw cashew nuts directly from local farmers and transforms them for export. It is the first factory in Africa to receive the African Cashew Alliance quality seal (an industry-accepted mark that confirms compliance with internationally recognized standards of quality, food safety and social and labor standards). Tolaro employs more than 400 Beninese men and women with formal salaried jobs and sources its cashew from over 7,000 smallholder farmers in the region, for whom the business also provides technical training to increase cashew yields and farmers’ incomes.

Tolaro’s impact is evident across several dimensions: 1) by providing expanded market access to local farmers, 2) by creating local, salaried employment in a rural area, 3) by contributing to additional outcomes such as improved food security and childhood education, and 4) by generating added value for the Beninese economy.

Learn more on Tolaro’s website here.

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Moringa Connect

Ghana
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Providing improved market access for smallholder moringa farmers in Ghana

Moringa Connect is a moringa processing and marketing business that operates in Ghana and the United States, which sources moringa seeds and leaves from over 2,500 Ghanaian smallholder farmers, processes them locally into moringa oil and powder, then exports them or sells them in the Ghanaian market. Moringa Connect aims to utilize a vertically integrated supply chain to improve the lives of farming families in Ghana, purchasing raw materials from them while teaching about the benefits of moringa trees and the best agricultural practices to care for them.

Moringa Connect’s social impact is three-fold: 1) by expanding market access for smallholder farmers, 2) by creating formal local employment opportunities (the business currently employs 75 people, the majority of whom live in rural areas of Ghana), and 3) by contributing to positive environmental outcomes.

Learn more at Moringa Connect’s website here.

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Naasakle International LLC

Ghana
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Providing improved market access to smallholder women shea pickers in Ghana

Naasakle International LLC (Naasakle) is a family-owned, vertically integrated shea processing and marketing business founded in 2000 that operates in Ghana and the United States, utilizing a direct “picker to consumer” model to connect Ghanaian women shea pickers with global consumer markets. Naasakle currently sources from more than
1,500 women pickers in the Damongo region of Northern Ghana, providing financial literacy training, technical assistance, savings programs, and local warehousing facilities for women pickers to store their shea nuts until market prices are higher.

Naasakle currently employs 45 people, 35 of whom are located in Damongo, where formal employment opportunities are scarce. The company’s employees also receive health insurance and retirement contributions. In addition, Naasakle’s operations benefit the environment by promoting the upkeep of the region’s shea trees, which often provide the only tree-cover across an area that is vulnerable to desertification.

Learn more about Naasakle in our blog post here.

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One Acre Fund

Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
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Providing a complete set of services to smallholder farmers in East Africa

One Acre Fund is a nonprofit social enterprise that supplies financing and technical training to help smallholder farmers grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. One Acre Fund provides a complete set of services to smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi. These services primarily include: 1) financing for seed and fertilizer through asset-based loans and flexible repayment systems, 2) distribution of farm inputs, 3) training on modern agricultural techniques to improve yields, and 4) market facilitation and crop storage solutions to maximize harvest profits.

One Acre Fund has experienced rapid growth since it began operations in 2006, and will soon be Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers. By 2020, the company aims to serve at least five million people in one million farm families. In addition, One Acre Fund employs over 4,000 individuals, the vast majority of whom are based in East Africa.

Learn more at One Acre Fund’s website here.

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