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Trade finance provides ‘systemic liquidity’ to emerging-market businesses in COVID crisis

Development Finance Institutions have announced more than $12 billion in trade-related COVID-response initiatives as of early July. Impact investors are not active in this market.

Smart subsidies for Africa’s high risk, low return smallholder finance market

A financing model from Aceli is looking to turn tens of millions of dollars in donor capital into hundreds of millions in lending by mitigating risks and boosting the returns for lenders to the least-served and most impactful African agribusinesses.

How investors can blend finance for CDFIs to advance economic and racial justice

Community development finance institutions have long been “first responders” to small businesses in historically underinvested communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has in stark terms revealed the degree to which those same communities are subject to the impacts of systemic racism and an economy built on poor-quality jobs. This moment in time requires each of us—community lenders,

With ‘mezzanine capital,’ iungo seeks to fill a gap for East Africa’s small and growing family businesses

ImpactAlpha, Aug. 24 – AA Fisheries is the kind of enterprise impact investors talk about all the time. But too few turn talk into the capital such businesses need to survive and thrive.  The fish farm supplier in Eastern Uganda was a solid performer until the COVID crisis shut it down. But solid is not

Catalytic capital helps Acumen’s ALIVE bridge financing gap for social ventures in Peru and Colombia

ImpactAlpha, Aug. 18 – Entrepreneurs in Latin America are weathering the pandemic to create sales channels for small farmers, online education for students and clean, accessible energy for rural households.  But early-stage companies in the region that are delivering essential social and environmental services to low-income communities are struggling to access the kind of capital, at