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ABC Fund backs INSOTEC to finance Ecuador’s small farmers

ImpactAlpha, August 31 – Quito-based INSOTEC provides loans and credit to Ecuador’s micro-business owners and smallholder farmers. Its $58 million loan book serves roughly 18,000 borrowers. A $3 million investment from the Agri-Business Capital Fund, or ABC Fund, will aid farmers in the COVID recovery (see, “Emerging markets Agri-Business Capital Fund secures €50 million“).

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

The world is arriving at where climate investors have long been

"There are no reinforcements today coming for coal and petrol cars and open-ocean rogue fisheries and large-scale plantations, while there are a thousand startups, billions of capital, and 80 million millennial consumers coming online on the side of sustainability," writes Christian Zabbal.