Portfolio Partner Profile

Global Communities

Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable change that improves the lives and livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable communities around the globe. For over 60 years, Global Communities' mission has served as a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low--income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. Global Communities strives to build strong relationships with the communities they serve by engaging them throughout the development process to keep control over their own communities.

Global Communities runs a multitude of programs that encompass financial services, economic development, global health, food security and humanitarian assistance. Global Communities believes that the private and not-for-profit sectors can learn from each other, and that the interests of the people they work with are best served by an integrated approach to business and a “double bottom line.”

In 2019, Global Communities supported 1.5 million people in more than 7,300 communities. Global Communities facilitated more than 115,000 loans worth $428 million to help grow businesses and support families and communities. Working in the Americas, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Asia, Global Communities supported 800 local organizations and 1663 local businesses. Global Communities also developed 643 public-private partnerships and trained more than 54,000 people to help them improve their livelihoods.

Featured Impact Story

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Impact Story

Home improvements

Ahmad Amer received an $8,000 loan from Vitas, a subsidiary of Global Communities. The loan allowed him to add external wall stones and do interior improvements to his home, including doors, tiles, and walls.

Photo Credit: Vitas Group

Impact Story

New equipment

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Abdel Moneim Maarouf Mohamed Alioui received a $30,000 loan from Vitas, which allowed him to buy new equipment for his bakery. Al Ikhlas bakery products are distributed to a large number of grocery stores, schools, and other restaurants. This bakery has more than 10 employees.

Photo Credit: Vitas Group

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Private school

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Farid received a loan of $21,000 from Vitas Palestine for developing his own project, a private school for first to fourth grade. Farid used this money to build classrooms. Having more classrooms has resulted in increasing the number of students in his school. Currently, Al-Dial school has six teachers and a social guide. Al-Diar has implemented an educational system that helps in developing skills in a unique way. The school also accepts children with special needs.

Photo Credit: Vitas Group

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Sectors and Topics:

Community Development
Education
Microfinance
Gender Equity

Region(s):

Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Countries:

Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Mongolia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, Rep., Mexico, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sudan (South), Uganda

US States:

N/A

First Year of Investment:

2007

Website:

https://www.globalcommunities.org

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