Portfolio Organizations

MCE has issued over $160 million in loans to over 100 organizations generating economic opportunities in more than 45 countries since 2006. Learn more below!

Featured Companies
Proximity Finance

Proximity Finance

image descriptionMyanmar

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

image descriptionEcuador

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

image descriptionGhana

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

image descriptionHaiti

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

image descriptionMongolia

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

image descriptionKenya, Tanzania

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

image descriptionTajikistan

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

image descriptionSri Lanka

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)

image descriptionKenya, India, Mongolia

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

image descriptionPhilippines

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

image descriptionHaiti

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

image descriptionBenin

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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DLO Haiti

Haiti
  • SGB
  • Water
  • Rural
  • Health
Providing access to safe, affordable water to underserved populations throughout Haiti

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.

DLO builds and operates local, community-scale water treatment centers (i.e. water kiosks) in rural and peri-urban areas throughout Haiti. These kiosks provide safe purified drinking water (DLO’s brand, “Ovive”) to low-income Haitians at a price below the lowest priced alternative for treated water. DLO’s kiosks also act as distribution points for a variety of essential consumer goods, such as soap, toilet paper, and powdered milk, which are usually unavailable to these populations. This last-mile distribution network improves the value chain for micro-businesses and consumers in underserved areas, giving hard-to-serve communities access to basic needs consumer goods.

Read more about DLO in our blog post here.

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Vision Fund Cambodia

Cambodia
  • MFI/SGB
  • Women
  • Rural
  • Other
Striving to alleviate poverty by focusing almost exclusively on women in rural areas.

VisionFund Cambodia is a non-bank financial institution owned by VisionFund International. As of February 2013, VF Cambodia, which strives to alleviate poverty, operates in 20 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces through a network of 13 branches and 60 sub-branches, serving almost 150,000 borrowers, 93% of whom are women, 88% of whom live in rural areas, and 27% of whom live below the national poverty line in Cambodia. VisionFund Cambodia offers both financial and non-financial services in seven main sectors – Asset Creation, Agricultural, Express, Small Business, Staff Motorbike, Medium Small/Micro Enterprises, and Education. Other trainings are also offered on topics such as health, gender and other social issues, all in cooperation with World Vision. Visit VisionFund Cambodia’s website.

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Komaza

Kenya
  • MFI/SGB
  • Rural
  • Other
Helping rural farmers establish eucalyptus farms.

Komaza is a US-based forestry social enterprise operating in the Ganze District of Kenya’s Coast Province that aims to create sustainable economic opportunities for farmers living in Africa’s semi-arid regions. Komaza provides rural farmers with a comprehensive set of products, tools and services needed to establish a half-acre eucalyptus farm and eventually sell mature, healthy trees in profitable urban markets; they call it microforestry.

Through microforestry, rural families can increase their income three-fold over the average tree harvesting cycle. This boost in income provides the capital to invest in a wide range of social benefits: improved healthcare and sanitation, better education and further economic opportunities, all of which lead to a more sustainable and prosperous life. KOMAZA generates further economic impact through local jobs. To date, they have created over 100 new jobs in remote regions of the country, and over 90% of their positions are filled by Kenyans. Visit Komaza’s website.

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Sunfunder

Tanzania
  • MFI/SGB
  • Clean Energy
  • Other
Unlocking capital for solar energy in emerging markets.

Sunfunder, a solar finance company based in San Francisco and Tanzania, unlocks capital for solar energy in emerging markets and improves the lives of those living without reliable access to electricity. Sunfunder raises capital primarily through its unique Solar Empowerment Notes, which they then use to provide inventory and working capital loans and project financing to manufacturers, distributors, and other solar energy companies to scale deployments of solar energy systems and catalyze growth in the sector. Since 2013, Sunfunder has made over 80 loans to 30 companies in Africa and Asia, amounting to $13.8 million in solar energy investments. As a result of their work, over 2.5 million people now have clean and reliable energy access, replacing kerosene and diesel. MCE Social Capital is proud to be one of the anchor investors in Sunfunder’s new $50 million “Beyond the Grid” (BTG) Solar Fund, along with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and The Rockefeller Foundation. This fund will expand Sunfunder’s debt finance solutions for solar projects and companies in emerging markets, which will eventually benefit millions of men, women, and children in need of electricity. Visit Sunfunder’s website.

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EcoZoom East Africa

Kenya, Tanzania
  • MFI/SGB
  • Clean Energy
  • Rural
Providing efficient solar-powered lamps and portable, clean cookstoves to underserved customers in Kenya and Tanzania

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. EcoZoom designs and manufactures two main product lines — solar powered lamps and portable, clean-burning cookstoves. As EcoZoom’s goal is to serve the base of the pyramid, the company strives to maintain low operating costs in order to provide affordable, high-value energy solutions that benefit both consumers and the environment. Consequently, the company’s products are cheaper and more efficient than the competition in terms of fuel consumption (for cookstoves) and number of hours per charge (for solar lamps).

Read more about EcoZoom in our blog post here.

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Proximity Finance

Myanmar
  • MFI/SGB
  • Rural
  • Education
Providing smallholder farmers in Myanmar with access to finance, technology, and knowledge

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. As a business unit of Proximity Designs, it is the only fully integrated player for agricultural microfinance in Myanmar, serving smallholder farmers not only with access to finance but also access to technology and knowledge across 14 branches. These services are essential for inclusive development in Myanmar, where 70% of the labor force is employed in agriculture, less than 30% of people have access to formal financial services, and approximately one-fourth of the population lives below the national
poverty line.

Proximity applies a unique “human-centered design” approach to the development of its products, which involves extensive field research and in-depth interviews before new products are introduced. These products—all in local currency and with declining interest rates—are designed to cater to the specific needs of individual farmers so that loan structures match the cash flows of the borrowers. The MFI follows a collective group responsibility methodology, in which Small Lending Groups (SLGs) of four to eight borrowers co-guarantee each others’ loans.

Learn more about Proximity in our blog post here.

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