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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 coffee-growing state, women used to support their husbands on small family farms but had little involvement or say in the business or farming decisions. This … Read more

‘A year ago, having a TV was a distant’: How affordable, solar power is bringing small home appliances to families in Africa

Johan Elsen, managing director of Oikocredit Belgium, visits Ghana to see the positive social and economic impact of affordable, solar energy on low-income families. Written by: Johan Elsen, Managing Director, Oikocredit Belgium It is estimated that 1.2 billion people worldwide live without access to clean, affordable energy, with four out of five living in rural … Read more

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

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

The tea estates being revitalised in the mountains of Darjeeling

In northern India, the Ambootia Tea Group (DOTEPL) is using social impact investment to boost financial security and improve the livelihoods of its employees.   In India, tea estate owners are legally obliged to support their employees by offering them basic necessities such as housing, social care and fair wages. Yet when these plantations fail, … 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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