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Banking on women: How micro-finance empowers Kenyan women with small loans

08 March 2018

Grace Njoroge is an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three sons living in a town northeast of Nairobi called Thika. Like many other Kenyan women, she was struggling to sustain and grow her business and care for her family. As her hardware business continued to struggle, she decided to move into something more familiar: textiles. However, she was lacking the necessary capital and expertise not only to establish her new business, but to ensure that it thrived.


Fairtrade - changing the world every day

19 February 2018

It’s almost here! Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and, during this time, The Fairtrade Foundation is asking that we show extra support for the farmers and workers who produce our food.


A very special female brand of Brazilian organic Fairtrade coffee

16 February 2018

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 changed forever in 2006, when Oikocredit investee partner, Coopfam (Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região) - a smallholder coffee co-operative, started to focus on empowering women to play an equal role in producing the Arabica coffee that had been a part of their lives for decades.


£4.4m for a social purpose bond? Not a problem for Ethex investors motivated to address fuel poverty!

19 January 2018

 Josh Brewer is the Senior Business Development Manager at Ethex, in this blog he discusses how Ethex was able to successfully deliver the largest single raise in its history for Our Power.


The Absolute Bog: DEFRA's 25 year environment plan

19 January 2018

Tom Carman recently attended the Oxford Real Farming Conference to test the appetite for positive investment in to food and farming enterprises.  His blog looks at the role economics, tea towels, peat bogs and enterprise might have for this important sector.

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