Impact

Sustainable Development Goals

Our portfolio and broader work directly contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in both developed and emerging markets. We go beyond general portfolio alignment to the SDGs – our work has direct impact on 16 of the 17 individual goals. Learn more below.

SDG Poster 2019 without UN emblem WEB The SDGs are 17 global goals that recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations (UN) Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our planet.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a powerful framework for investors looking to achieve impactful, long-term investment results. By investing in our Community Investment Note® or co-lending alongside us in a syndicated facility or small business recovery fund, investors and co-lenders gain access to our portfolio organizations working in a variety of impact sectors. Each of these sectors is aligned with the UN SDGs in different ways, and each create positive, measurable impact for communities in alignment with these global goals.

Learn more about how our work contributes to SDGs

Click the "+" on the right side of each goal to view our impact metrics relevant to each goal. All data from FY 2019.

finca-impact-finance-story-1 Lucia Margarita Pacajoj Ticum has sold authentic Guatemalan souvenirs at a local market since 2007. With the help of a loan from FINCA Impact Finance’s subsidiary in Guatemala, Lucia has been able to grow her business to include new products and two employees; the success of her business has also enabled Lucia to add electricity and running water to her family home.

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visionfund-s3-p1 At one point in her life, Dhammika and her two daughters survived on just the vegetables produced in her garden; today, she cultivates 3 acres of bananas and turkey berries in Puttlam district, western Sri Lanka. A microfinance loan from VisionFund International enabled Dhammika’s cultivation to survive an especially difficult dry season.

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Central City Concern staff are working on the front lines of this unprecedented public health crisis, delivering compassionate care to individuals who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

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Wildflower - Lirio Lirio Montessori School is an innovative two-way Spanish immersion school in Minneapolis that serves native and non-native Spanish speaking students alike. As part of our borrower Wildflower’s ecosystem of micro-schools, Lirio Montessori is committed to providing empowering educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds.

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Woman drawing water with kids. Oscar Leiva 2018 (ID 1110505) Azure Source Capital mobilizes capital and technical expertise to expand water access for underserved communities in El Salvador. Above, a woman and two children draw water from a pipe that was financed with the help of Azure Source Capital.

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sunfunder-s2-p2 The Solar Energy Transformation (SET) Fund managed by SunFunder aims to increase access to capital for solar businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. With the help of the SET Fund, Daystar Power provides affordable solar power and energy efficient solutions to businesses in Nigeria.

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benefit-chicago-s4-p3 Sweet Beginnings uses the production of beelove™ – a line of honey-based products – to provide residents of the North Lawndale community who struggle to find gainful employment with job training. A loan from Benefit Chicago is currently being used by Sweet Beginnings to expand its job training program.

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greenline-s5-p1 Sustainable Living Partners LLC is an integrated real estate development platform that develops sustainable buildings capable of achieving zero net energy requirements at affordable prices. A loan from Greenline Ventures has enabled Sustainable Living Partners to build affordable multifamily housing units and create jobs in underserved communities.

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forest-resilience-bond-s1-p1 The Forest Resilience Bond raises private capital to fund the costs of forest restoration. Investments through the FRB finance a forest restoration project protecting 15,000 acres of forestland in California's North Yuba watershed.

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Betulia hydro project Deetken H-REFF (ID 1114455) The Rio Betulia Hydroelectric Power Plant is a project funded by our borrower the Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility and General Equipment Supply SA, which provides renewable energy to local communities.

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seychelles-fisheries The Republic of Seychelles launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond to support its sustainable marine and fisheries projects. The bond demonstrates the potential for countries to harness capital markets for financing the sustainable use of marine resources. Proceeds from the $15 million bond issuance will include support for the expansion of marine protected areas, improved governance of priority fisheries and the development of the Seychelles’ blue economy.

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Café Casal Carlos Romero-1espacio Casal is a family run shade grown coffee plantation that helps preserve biodiversity and sequesters CO2 through its agroforestry system. Financing farms like Casal helps contribute to the eco.business Fund’s mission to preserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.

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Finance is critical to achieving each and every SDG, and is an essential component of SDG 17. An estimated $2.5 trillion annual financing gap exists for developing countries - a gap that has widened even further during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), "the international community faces unprecedented challenges to implement the holistic financing strategy...trillions of dollars in financial assets held by asset managers, banks, and institutional investors are contributing to inequalities and unsustainable practice."

We know we can reverse that trend with our investors as our partners. Our work to build a more equitable and sustainable world is more important now that ever, and is top of mind for our team with every loan we make and partnership we forge. We are committed to moving faster, thinking bigger, and working together. We are forging new partnerships, developing new products, and reaching new audiences and new markets. We are committed to meeting this moment with the urgency it demands, as demonstrated by our impact:

  • $108 million disbursed to our borrowers in 2019
  • $5.02 billion disbursed by our borrowers to end clients in 2019
  • 115 loans and investments in 2019
  • 2x portfolio growth, 2015-2020

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