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  1. Egyptian social enterprise addresses gender equality at its roots

    15 May 2017 at 11:15 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

    Co-operative, Sekem, uses impact investing to support rural farming communities and provide education for smallholders, with a focus on gender parity

    Carpentry lessons open to local women at Oikocredit partner, SEKEM, Egypt.  Photograph: Oikocredit

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  2. One family's entrepreneurial journey out of poverty using social impact investing

    30 March 2017 at 22:28 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    One in four of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas, often relying on a few staple crops to meet their daily needs and generate a small income.  They are also more likely to be affected by climate change since many scientists believe it to be responsible for the unpredictable, extreme droughts and rains that destroy harvests and lives.  Since these rural communities have limited access to finance and technical support to build their smallholdings and create greater resilience, they rarely attain the economic empowerment they need to break free from the poverty cycle.

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  3. International Women’s Day and the potency of gender lens impact investing

    8 March 2017 at 08:30 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    From financial exclusion, to tiny shop, to multiple businesses

    Written by: Blanca Méndez, Oikocredit International

    The Philippines 2017. Teresa Tomaro, “Dungganon” group member of the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation; and Blanca Méndez from Oikocredit International.  Photograph: Nicolas Villaume.

    Caroline Mulwa, Oikocredit Kenya Country Manager, speaking about East African women at the 2016 Africa Impact Investing Leaders Forum,  highlighted that: “88% of Africa’s female population live in rural areas; 70% of agricultural labour is provided by women; 90% of all food is produced by women, but women own less than 2% of the land. Yet women have a significant, measurable, positive impact on small business ventures, local communities and families. And they have been proven to reduce investment risks, which is why Oikocredit lends much of its institutional and individual investors’ capital to social enterprises that support women”.

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  4. Rain and smallholder farmers: A gift to some, a curse to others

    26 January 2017 at 19:39 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    The Philippines is the world’s third highest risk area for natural disasters. Frequent typhoons and cyclones bring excessive rain and wind, threatening the livelihoods of around 60% of the poorest groups who tend to live in rural communities and must also contend with rising sea levels, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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