Matt Damon’s Water.org secures $5 million for impact fund

Water.org’s WaterEquity subsidiary is raising its third impact fund to invest in microfinance institutions that lend to households for in-home toilets and water connections. That’s a $12 billion market globally, according to a Gates Foundation report. WaterEquity has secured $5 million in zero-interest debt from Bank of America for the planned $50 million WaterCredit Investment

Small farmers, big impact; measuring forest sustainability; IKEA goes social, Apple goes recycled

#Featured: Open Mic Small farmers are the future of global food security. Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. Now, larger buyers of agricultural

Small farmers are the future of food security

By Tanner Methvin, Partner in Impact Amplifier and Earth Capital Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. This community of farmers sit at a

Agora Partnerships facilitates variable-payment loans in Nicaragua

Agora Partnerships, a Latin America social-venture accelerator, is facilitating “variable payment obligations,” or VPOs, that tie loan repayment to free cash flow. VPOs help small businesses without fixed assets or loan guarantors get much-needed funds. For the Nicaragua effort, Agora, backed by USAID and the Argidius Foundation, has joined forces with a local bank, Banco

Earth finance, Water.org’s third fund, Juiciero’s food for thought, The Brief Quiz No. 11

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Earth Finance: Bridging the private capital gap in conservation finance. For your Earth Day consideration: The $400 billion in private capital that is needed annually for large-scale conservation is eight times even generous estimates of total conservation financing. A gathering of conservation practitioners and investment experts at Credit Suisse’s New York headquarters

Cool Planet raises $19.3 million for its pivot to biochar

Bioengineering venture Cool Planet raised $100 million in 2014 to build its biofuels business. But as falling gas prices made biofuels less competitive, the Greenwood Village, Colo., shifted its focus to soil enrichment biochar. Its Cool Terra product sequesters carbon and enriches soil, boosting crop yields by nearly 15 percent, the company says. Cool Planet is