IMPACT

A consistent performance record of sustainable impact through investment returns, strengthened institution and poverty reductions for individuals.

A consistent performance record of sustainable impact through investment returns, strengthened instituions and poverty reduction for individuals.  
Guarantees
Loans Issued
Institutions Strengthened
Lives Benefited

MALAWI

THE PROBLEM   

72% of adults in Southern Africa are excluded from financial services  that are key to poverty reduction and region’s economic growth. 

OUR SOLUTION

We guarantee Southern African commercial loans to low-income communities and their own financial institutions to create businesses, jobs, affordable homes and services. 

HOW IT WORKS

International investors and partners on the ground enable us to provide collateral, unlock local capital, and build capacity for entrepreneurs in low-income communities.

Unlocking LOCAL CAPITAL Strengthening LOCAL RESOURCES 

Benefiting LOCAL PEOPLE

CATALYST FOR CHANGE

Shared Interest Unlocks Local Capital 

1

Emerging Entrepreneurs

2

Local Lenders 
  • Building capacity to operate businesses more effectively and obtain, manage and repay their loans.
 
  • Providing access to financing they would otherwise be denied 
  • Connecting mainstream lenders to new markets
 
  • Enhancing capacity to extend credit to these underserved communities
 
  • Reducing lenders' risk of doing so 

3

Investors &
Donors
  • Providing for high-impact, low-risk investments
 
  • Empowering investees to 'graduate' from external support
 
  • Enabling investors and donors to 'exit' and redeploy their assets

ECONOMIC JUSTICE 

Since 1994, Shared Interest has enabled international investors and donors to help combat inequality in Southern Africa. 

“Your partnership — as necessary now as it was in 1994 — has helped us develop new strategies and tools to give substance and shape to the vision and energies of our people..”

-Nelson Mandela

VITAL VOICES

We are the voices of change in Southern Africa; farmers, small businesses, factory owners, financial institutions, community, civil society, private sector leaders and advisors    
Read our stories. 

"Five years ago I came to this farm as a seasonal worker to learn. And I have learned a lot. Working here I am happy."

- Zanele Mkokeli, cooperative member and supervisor of 20 women at Rietkloof Farm

“The end of apartheid was Part One of the struggle. Part Two is the more difficult: To make the miracle endure. We said to you, 'divest'. Now we say ‘invest --make South Africa succeed...for the sake of the world.”

Archbishop 

Desmond Tutu

“Therefore my challenge to each of you ... is that you ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. And then take that action, no matter how large or how small.

- Graça Machel, Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique

 

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With your generous support, thousands more Southern Africans this year will gain access to local capital, secure livelihoods and hope for a better future.

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