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Q3 Newsletter: A view from the ground

Pay-as-you-go solar is lighting up the lives of Ghana’s micro-entrepreneurs Written by: Kawien Ziedses des Plantes, deputy director, social performance & capacity building, Oikocredit International. Sixty years ago, Ghana was the first west African country to become independent, inspiring others to follow suit. Today, with a rapidly growing economy, it is the fertile ground of … Read more

Smart investors pay attention to women

Investing with a gender lens increases business opportunities, helps to diversify risks in a portfolio and provides a social return to society. Investing with a gender lens is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting strategies for creating impact. Several institutions from McKinsey to the Peterson Institute have published findings on how diversity on … Read more

Pay-as-you-go solar is lighting up the lives of Ghana’s micro-entrepreneurs

Demand for electricity in Ghana is ever-growing but the grid can be unreliable. Renewable energy providers such as PEG are helping fill the gaps Kawien Ziedses des Plantes, deputy director, social performance & capacity building, Oikocredit Sixty years ago, Ghana was the first west African country to become independent, inspiring others to follow suit. Today, … Read more

Profile: Verdabelo

The London-based Verdabelo is one of those companies that should be better known. Indeed, if it can crack the mysteries of Internet marketing, it should have astonishing potential. It wants to talk to you about your boiler. That’s not an easy conversation, however: the household boiler is rather like our heart – it just sits … Read more


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A very special female brand of Brazilian organic Fairtrade coffee

What does an organic Fairtrade specialty coffee and social impact investing have to do with empowering some of the poorest women in the world? In rural Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest … Read more

Investment in smallholder farmers is key to reducing poverty AND feeding the world

According to United Nations estimates, the world population is expected to grow from around 7 billion currently to more than 9 billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the … Read more

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