Infusing communities with capital
We provide targeted financial support that propels farmers toward self-reliance
Heifer International connects small-scale farmers to market opportunities, with the goal of seeking social impact first and foremost, with any financial returns invested back into the
communities where we work around the world.
Our Impact Venturing Prototype connects farmers and cooperatives with access to infusions of capital, enabling them to develop and achieve self-reliance more rapidly. The purpose of the prototype is to learn while doing and identify and remedy any gaps in Heifer’s capability prior to launching impact venturing on a much larger scale, and potentially with external capital.
We use a variety of investment vehicles to generate impact. We also establish relationships with banks to provide loan capital to the farmers and cooperatives we work with. Some of the partnerships do not require Heifer investment capital and many transactions are led by country offices or project partners.
Our investments leverage more than $9 million in additional funds from multiple financial partners around the world, supporting 37,000 farmers and entrepreneurs.
We are interested in making investments only within enterprises/co-op ventures related to
Heifer’s portfolio of pre-existing programs
All of Heifer’s geographic areas represented—Americas, USA, Africa, Asia
Capital for prototype
Heifer is internally funding the capital for the prototype investments. A more robust roll-out would likely include Heifer Foundation capital as well as other investors
Most opportunities reviewed in the assessment appear to be debt; perhaps some unique equity opportunities will arise, but these are likely to be rare
Collaboration with experienced impact investors, which could range from assistance in deal structure to co-lending and beyond
Heifer Value Add
Validation of the Heifer Value Proposition. These include but are not limited to:
- Identification of investment opportunities
- Continued capacity building of investee and ongoing monitoring of investment
- Facilitating investment by targeting a connection to the appropriate value chain
- Impact targets tied to small-scale farmer set and measured through Heifer’s existing systems