Our Mission

Shared Interest mobilizes the resources for Southern Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves and build equitable nations.

Our Vision

Shared Interest envisions just and vibrant Southern African nations that eliminate disparities, uphold their peoples' basic human rights, and serve as models of economic justice.

Our History

 

A Beautiful Journey Of 28 Years

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1994 - 2004
1980's Faith Community Protest
Founder Donna Katzin during South Apartheid boycott
Founder Donna Katzin, Brian Grieves & Desmond Tutu
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2000
2001
2004 Working with Local Banks
2005 – 2010:  Deepening Economic Growth and Diversifying Impact
2006 Esnath and Angelina own a tomato farm_edited
2009 Investing in Agriculture
2010
2011- 2015: The Next Generation Campaign and Expanding to Southern Africa
2011
2012
2014
2012 Mozambique AfricaWorks
2016 – 2022: Deepening Shared Interest Impact in Southern Africa, and in Working through the Program
2015 - 2016
2018
2018 - AWAB Malawi Seed Grower
2020

Shared Interest was established in 1994 by Founder Donna Katzin along with other U.S. anti-apartheid activists and socially responsible investors who were committed to ending apartheid with an unwavering passion for human rights and economic justice.  That year, after the country transferred political power to a democratic Nelson Mandela government, but left economic power concentrated in the same minority hands; Shared Interest was launched to provide U.S. investors with a catalytic vehicle to help reverse apartheid’s legacy of institutionalized race-based inequality.

 

The enduring vision that drives our organization – then and now – is to not make direct loans to our beneficiaries but to, instead, facilitate guarantees that catalyze South Africa’s own banks to lend to Black entrepreneurs, farmers and microfinance institutions, thereby creating sustainable solutions to address the region’s growing economic inequality and to achieve long-term growth and impact.

Now, 28 years later, we have supported more than 2 million people and helped create nearly 2 billion jobs by unlocking some $125 million in lending. Building on our long track record of success in South Africa, Shared Interest has recently expanded to other Southern African countries, including Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.

Shared Interest’s work is more critical now than ever before. The World Bank recently deemed South Africa the most unequal country in the world, with "race" playing a key role in a society in which 10% of the population owns more than 80% of the wealth. Shared. Interest is leveling the economic landscape for Black entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses by facilitating access to affordable financing and the technical resources that enable them to expand and scale their businesses.
 

Making Our Mark in Southern Africa

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Our Team

Leadership Team

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Ann McMikel
Executive Director

 

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Amye Jameson
Senior Director of Operations
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John Woodburn
Director of Finance

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Shukura Shears
Director of Individual Giving & Special Events
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Sandra Zanele Zikalala
Director of Administration

Program Consultants

Shared Interest’s programming is powered by a team of financial experts with specific geographic and industry expertise, strong relationships with lenders, and experience with enterprises in different stages of development.

 

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Casey Cline
Senior Advisor
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Joyce Masi
Program Consultant
Malawi
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Lloyd Guzha-Chanetsa
Country Lead
South Africa
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Norman Buckham

Program Consultant

South Africa, Eswatini, Mozambique

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Jessie P. Nyirenda

Program Consultant

Zambia

Board of Directors

 

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Tim Smith
Chairman

Boston Trust Walden

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Brown Advisory

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David Wildman
Vice Chair

United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries

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Dr. Adrienne Y. Bailey
Board Secretary

Independent Education Consultant

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Circle for Justice Innovations

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Diane Keefe, CFA
Board Member

Impact Investor, Advisor

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Lea Conrad
Board Member

Conrad Advisory

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 Community Development &

Finance Professional (Retired)

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Palesa Morudu-Rosenberg
Board Member

Clarity Global Strategic

Communications

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St. Edmund's Redevelopment Corporation

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Pratt Institute

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Dr. Teboho Moja
Board Member

New York University

 

Board of Advisors

Alcinda Honwana, Visiting Professor, Open University, UK

Danny Glover, Actor (Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Honoree)

Eddie Bergman, President of Innovative Development Services (IDS) &

CEO of Proxima Hospitality Group

H.E. Fikile Magubane, former South Africa Ambassador to Spain

Marion Fremont-Smith, Choate Hall & Stewart

Marco Masotti, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Peggy Dulany, The Synergos Institute

Robert Brooke Zevin, Investment Advisor

Robert Friedman, Corporation for Enterprise Development

Sheila Sisulu,  Retired United Nations World Food Programme

Susan L. Taylor, National Cares Mentoring Movement

Vincent Mai, Cranemere LLC

 

In Loving Memory

The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu (Honorary Chair)

Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town 

The Honorable David Dinkins

106th Mayor of New York City, Lawyer, Author

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Our Partners 

Our valued network of partners are a collective group of businesses, corporations, foundations, investors and individuals that enable us to support disenfranchised Black communities in Southern Africa by strengthening their resilience and expanding access to the capital and resources they need to create sustainable livelihoods and pathways out of poverty.

 
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