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Canaan woman

A gift for the new generation

4 May 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - Canaan Fair Trade supports women's cooperatives, which give economic and social benefits to women, as well as organic farmers. Canaan has embarked on a three year project to interview and photograph members of all the over 50 PFTA cooperatives, both farmer and women's cooperatives, that they partner with. Alla' Ni'm Abed El Jawad is one of Canaan Fair Trade's members of Women Coop from Deir Ballout. read more
Laurie Spengler from Enclude while at the GABV conference_photo credits Alain Bujak

Investing in people, planet and prosperity

29 April 2015
Recently, the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) announced the first global open-ended investment company focussed on real economy banks, called SFRE (pronounced “Sapphire” and stands for Sustainability, Finance, Real Economies). The fund was created to support the growing segment of banks focussed on serving individuals and enterprises whilst engaging in the triple bottom line approach to business: people, planet, and prosperity. The goal of the fund is to meet the capital growth needs of values-based financial institutions and expand their impact around the world and in emerging markets. read more
photo credits Sun and Wind Energy

Off-grid energy India means business

28 April 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - The success of solar-based products and services to bring electrical energy to many at the base of the pyramid who lack access to even basic lighting has rightly received significant acclaim. Much of this stems from the role the private sector has played in developing new solutions such as solar portable lanterns, solar home systems, and solar mini-grids. read more
Wonder women of eastern Indonesia

Kopernik’s Wonder Women in eastern Indonesia

23 April 2015
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - More than 500 women in eastern Indonesia are getting the chance to become social entrepreneurs distributing clean energy products to far-flung rural households, thanks to the expansion of an initiative by the non-profit organisation Kopernik. read more