The Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation invests in social business companies whose mission is to either give the poor access to essential goods and services, such as nutrition, drinking water, energy, financial services, or establish inclusive value chains in favour of local producers, while respecting the business model.
The Foundation acquires minority stakes in social business companies. It supports their development over a period of five to seven years by offering both financial assistance in the form of equity, loans and guarantees, and a non-financial support in the form of an active participation in the governance, technical assistance and / or coaching.
The Foundation, with the support of its network of partners, has developed expertise in three areas of activity close to the values and expertise of its founders:
- Structuring of inclusive agricultural sectors: the development of inclusive agricultural sectors can give small producers in remote rural areas market access and a fair valuation of their production.
- The transformation of economic activities implemented by NGOs into sustainable social companies: as part of their social mission, NGOs develop activities, products or services that can be transformed into sustainable social business companies.
- The production and distribution of essential goods and services: as it combines technological, product and marketing innovation, and an innovative approach to distribution, social business has the power to invent business models that bring essential goods and products within the reach of the poorest, while ensuring economic sustainability and development of the company. The Foundation has primarily chosen to invest in the areas of nutrition, drinking water, energy and financial services.