Pollinate Energy and Empower Generation merge to scale energy access

  • Realistic impact… Empower Generation and Pollinate Energy together aim to reach one million people by 2020, particularly women and girls.
  • The gritty details… The two organizations have merged their boards. Empower will help Pollinate recruit and train women. Pollinate will help Empower professionalize its sales and reporting processes.

Nutreco takes stake in IoT company Eruvaka to boost sustainable seafood

  • The impact… The investment aligns with Nutreco’s sustainability initiative to achieve food, agriculture and ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals.
  • India’s innovation… “Global agribusiness majors are recognizing that they need to look at startups in India to find the next generation of technologies for small and medium farmers globally,” Omnivore’s Mark Kahn told the Economic Times.

Calvert Impact Capital invests $5 million in Palestinian housing finance

  • Three three-year loan... The money is going to Vitas Palestine, a 24-year-old microfinance institution that offers loans for small businesses and housing improvements for low-income Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Housing related... Sixty percent of Vitas Palestine’s lending activity addresses “major repairs after violent conflict” as well as more typical projects like general repairs or home expansion.