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Sosaf: Modernizing the Malian poultry sector
Cordaid Investment Management’s disbursement to SOSAF contributes to development of poultry sector in Mali, allowing local production to compete with imports and make the eggs and chicken more affordable for the population. Founder of SOSAF, young entrepreneur Mohamed Sanogo is committed to level up hygiene and safety standards in the sector.
Eclof: Financing Kenya's private sector recovery
Kenya has a remarkably active private sector, primarily consisting of small informal businesses with less than five employees. According to the latest World Bank report, there are 7.4 million micro, small and medium enterprises in the country, many of which need additional finance to recover from the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Idepro: Enabling Bolivian women to start their first business
In the last eight years, poverty in Bolivia has decreased significantly; however, the current recession threatens to reverse all the progress if the support structures for the vulnerable populations are not there. A period of stable economic growth linked to high oil and gas prices was first interrupted by commodities depreciation and then by the Covid-19 crisis. As a result, the country’s economy is facing recession and over a million people risk going into poverty.
ACTB: Calling out to sustainable businesses in Sierra Leone
ACTB lends money to ambitious entrepreneurs and does the vital job of supporting the private sector rising after years of the civil war in Sierra Leone. With a EUR 1,2M follow-up investment to ACTB, Cordaid Investment Management creates more employment opportunities for youth and women by supporting micro-enterprises, crucial for job creation in Sierra Leone.
Macrowaste: Treasure in the Malian waste management sector
Unpopular with many investors, the waste management sector can be as impactful for societies, as clean energy access and climate-smart agriculture practices. With the streets swamped with garbage, Mali deserves a clean slight. Our partner Macrowaste has risen to the challenge of the trash crisis in Mali.
Mopo: Entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone: "the market for a billion people and no competition."
Cordaid Investment Management partnered with Mobile Power (Mopo), an enterprise offering energy products accessible to the most vulnerable and impoverished communities. Being the first lender to Mopo Sierra Leone, Cordaid Investment Management hopes to further unlock the solar power potential in Sub-Saharan Africa and catalyze change in the sector.
Mountain Lion: Opening the market for thousands of rice farmers, contributing to food security in Sierra Leone
Rice is a staple food for Sierra Leoneans – and the local production deficit threatens food security in the country. Mountain Lion Agriculture (MLAG) is one of the few enterprises that understands and helps address the challenges smallholders face and provides them access to the markets.
Evsumo: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone to break down the barriers of fear
"Female entrepreneurs face unique challenges in a male-dominated industry," CIM's investee Susan Coker talks about building her ice empire and provides insights into what female entrepreneurs face in Sierra Leone.
Qotto: solar tech and innovative finance equal impact and profitability
Qotto’s decentralized and digital infrastructure empowers populations and unlocks sustainable development in West Africa.
Polyclinique Les Orangers: High-quality, affordable health care in Mali
Polyclinique Les Orangers provides diagnostics and imaging, emergency care, surgery, internal medicine, and more.
Energy+: Bridging the electricity gap in Mali
12 million Malians don’t have access to modern electricity services. Energy+ brings solar home systems to off-grid areas, making energy access easy and affordable. Funding allows Energy+ to expand the business, create jobs and bridge the electricity gap
Asei: Supporting female entrepreneurs in El Salvador
In May 2020, Cordaid Investment Management partnered with ASEI, a microfinance institution in El Salvador. Both organisations are committed to working towards financial inclusion and supporting hard-working women entrepreneurs, eliminating poverty.
Proximity: Breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in Myanmar
After a devastating cyclone, Myanmar farmers started borrowing money to rebuild their businesses. Unfortunately, loan sharks took advantage. The interest rates were so high that farmers had no money left to sustain themselves. To break this vicious cycle, Proximity Finance offers microloans adjusted to the needs of the farmers.
SCS: How mangoes boost the Malian economy
If you recently enjoyed a juicy mango – and live in the Netherlands – there’s a fair chance it came from Mali. The piece of fruit made it from a Malian mango farmer to the shelves of a Dutch supermarket, with support from Cordaid Investments.
Leecon: Supporting the poultry sector in Sierra Leone
With Cordaid’s investment, Leecon Poultry Enterprise could double its layers, grow the business, employ more people and improve efficiency. Now Leecon provides other smallholder farmers with affordable, high-quality feed which would otherwise be unobtainable for them.
Soluti: Promoting financial inclusion in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
Cordaid Investment Management has recently disbursed a new loan to Soluti Finance, a dedicated microfinance fund supporting microfinance institutions in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. CIM is reaching over 1.6 million entrepreneurs in East Africa each year by investing in wholesale lenders like Soluti Finance.
Access: New partnership in Mali unlocks clean energy access in rural communities
In a world where 760 million people don't have access to electricity and 6.5 million people die from air pollution every year, investments in clean, affordable energy in low-income countries is a necessity.
DGB: Strengthening the recycling market in Mali
Through our new partnership with DGB Plastique Mali SARL, Cordaid Investment Management supports the rise of the recycling market in Mali, which is still in its infancy but has a lot of growth potential.
Ahsetfin: 7 years of serving vulnerable populations in Honduras
Cordaid Investment Management has provided their fourth loan to Ahsetfin, partner MFI in Honduras, marking 7 years of a fruitful partnership. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Ahsetfin has shown a solid financial and social performance, while supporting their clients with grace periods on capital and interest in those challenging times.
Easy Solar: 5 years of energy and impact
This month Cordaid Investment Management is celebrating the 5th anniversary of Easy Solar and a five-year partnership that brought light and clean energy to many off-grid communities of Sierra Leone.
Fundenuse: Supporting framers and entrepreneurs in Nicaragua
Cordaid Investment Management has recently disbursed the third loan to Fundenuse SA, an MFI in Nicaragua with a strong social mission to support micro and small entrepreneurs.
Faces: Fighting poverty and inequality in Ecuador
Cordaid Investment Management has provided FACES, a microfinance institution in Ecuador with a strong social and environmental focus, with the 4th loan marking six years of impactful partnership.
Crediguate: Reaching out to indigenous communities in Guatemala
Thousands of indigenous households in Guatemala are overlooked by the traditional banking system and big microfinance institutions. Low levels of education and literacy, unstable income and lack of suitable financial instruments make those communities especially vulnerable.
Thilo: Contributing to road safety in West Africa
Africa has the biggest number of road traffic deaths in the world. According to the World Health Organization report, with 26.6 deaths per 100,000 people, the fatality rate is nearly three times that of Europe. Many of these accidents involve heavy trucks used for transportation - they are too old and do not comply with safety regulations.
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