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Pension funds tell companies: ‘No excuses’ for inaction on climate change

It’s been easy for some corporations to reach for reasons not to act on climate change, or at least not to tell anybody what they’re doing. Not anymore. At first glance, the “Investor Agenda” presented at the biannual Climate Risk conference in New York might seem full of bland platitudes. But the four-part plan includes a

Rensource raises $3.5 million for renewable power subscriptions

Off-Grid Energy Half of Nigerians lack reliable access to electricity PC: Resource The Lagos, Nigeria-based company has developed home and business solar systems that integrate with Nigeria’s power grid. Half of Nigerians lack reliable access to electricity and spend $14 billion on individual power sources, like diesel generators. Rensource subscribers register for one of four plans,

SANAD makes $10 million loan for Egypt’s small businesses

Inclusive Economy The fund has issued about $350 million in loans since 2011 Sanad Fincluders Startup Challenge Amman 2017 | PC: EU Neighbours SANAD, a microfinance investor, issued the loan to Egypt’s sixth largest bank, Banque du Cirque, to increase lending to small businesses. In Egypt, more than 2.5 million small businesses are responsible for more

Grameen America closes first microfinance impact fund

The U.S. affiliate of Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank has raised $11 million for its Social Business Fund. The fund will expand lending to financially underserved women entrepreneurs across the bank’s 20 U.S. branches. Grameen America launched in 2008 and has disbursed more than $820 million in small, short-term loans, starting as small as $1,500. Repayment

Tyson Foods invests in lab meat company Memphis Meats

Memphis Meats, which produces lab-grown meat from animal cells, already has some big name investors. Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Cargill all backed the company’s $17 million Series A round last year. Now, meat industry giant Tyson Foods joins them with its investment of an undisclosed amount via its venture fund, Tyson Ventures. Memphis Meats

Moeda brings blockchain to small-business lending in rural Brazil

Moeda launched last year out of a UN hackathon with the idea of using blockchain to improve efficiency in small business lending. It lends to enterprises contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including energy access, financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture and food security. Moeda has allocated $1.5 million to invest in rural Brazilian businesses through a

Humanity United’s anti-slavery fund, Philly entrepreneurship, social impact bond update

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Fighting human trafficking with investments in early-stage technology. Humanity United, part of the Omidyar Group, has raised a $23 million fund to address the use of slave labor, poor working conditions and other worker abuse that plague the networks that companies use to assemble products before they are shipped to consumers. As