Social enterprises who employ sustainable agricultural practices, undertaking good stewardship of the natural systems and resources that farms rely on, including: building and maintaining healthy soil, managing water wisely, minimizing air, water, and climate pollution, and promoting biodiversity.
EXISTING BORROWERS IN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
INTERRUPCION FAIR TRADE
A $37M US-headquartered business that imports organic, fair trade and biodynamic produce from Central and South America. Interrupcion works with 9,000 farmers to improve their farming practices while connecting them to international markets for their produce. Beneficial Returns made a $500,000 loan so they could outfit a cooling and packing facility for their blueberry operations in Chile. This equipment reduces spoilage leading to more income for Interrupcion and their 1,900 Chilean blueberry farmers. RSF Social Finance provided a partial, philanthropic guaranty for this loan. Interrupcion was founded by an Ashoka fellow.
Sells yerba mate beverages which are distributed widely throughout the US in its goal of protecting 200,000 acres of South American rainforest and creating over 1,000 living-wage jobs before the year 2020. Yerba mate is a caffeinated plant native to the rainforests of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Guayaki’s suppliers sustainably harvest organic yerba mate from rainforest-grown cultivations and reforestation projects, generating a renewable income stream which enables these communities to improve their lives and restore their lands. Beneficial Returns’ $500,000 loan helped finance a yerba mate drying and processing facility in Brazil.