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Interview in Impact Investor highlights Good Fashion Fund

July 21st

Newsletter Impact Investor highlights Good Fashion Fund in an interview with director Bernadette Blom. The article focuses on the Dutch Fund managed by FOUNT, and its first investment in Prathiba Syntex, a supplier to C&A, H&M, Patagonia and Zara. The Good Fashion Fund provides manufacturers with capital and expertise to scale up a sustainable way of making clothes.

Read the interview: Dutch investment fund takes up the fight against fast fashion

Maraza project Mozambique

Maraza project promises affordable, flood-proof houses

July 8th

Building houses that are resistant to floudings and storms: this is more topical than ever in the city of Beira in Mozambique after cyclones Idai and Eloise ravaged the area in 2019 and 2021.

And it is not just a matter of building, because it must first and foremost be financially viable and affordable for the residents of Beira.

That is also the ambition of the Maraza pilot project, with the support of Partners for Water: to show that flood-proof construction can be interesting for real estate developers and financiers. Because only then is it scalable and replicable.


Cooperation with Dutch ministries
The Maraza project is supported by Partners for Water, a programme of the Dutch International Water Ambition (NIWA), a cooperation of several Dutch ministries. (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Infrastructure and Water Management and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, in cooperation with the Dutch water sector).

FOUNT is advisor to the programme.
Read more about these advisory services under the logo and mandate of RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)

Read more on this promising project in Beira in an interview with Gerard Vos and Christiaan Lensvelt of FOUNT.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN BEIRA EVERY STEP IS A MILESTONE (English version)

BETAALBAAR WONEN IN BEIRA: ELK STAPJE IS EEN MIJLPAAL (Original Dutch version published by Partners for Water)

Workers on a Pratibha Syntex Limited factory floor Image by Good Fashion Fund

Good Fashion Fund signs contract with first project

June 29th

Good Fashion Fund, initiated by Fashion for Good and Laudes Foundation and managed by Fund Manager FOUNT, has signed its first transaction with Indian manufacturer Pratibha Syntex Limited for the replacement and expansion of sustainable equipment.

The 4.5 million US dollar, long-term loan, will support Pratibha Syntex’s planned capital expenditures for the replacement of machinery and expansion of sustainable equipment in their spinning, processing and garmenting divisions.

Read the press release

The innovative solutions of Good Fashion Fund explained in podcast

May 19th

Bernadette Blom, partner at FOUNT.eu and Director at Good Fashion Fund recently joined Ryan Grant Little of EVPA for a podcast which is the first in a series with Europe’s leading investors for impact.

Check out the podcast recording to hear all about Good Fashion Fund’s innovative and sustainable finance solutions in the fashion industry

FOUNT welcomes new client Reall for advisory services

April 29th

FOUNT is now advising Reall, an innovator and investor in climate smart affordable housing in urban Africa and Asia for those in the bottom 40 percent of the income pyramid. We are advising Reall with regard to developing a financial model and Investment Memorandum and supporting Reall in their fundraising process, amongst other.

Know more about Reall

AGRI3 Fund project launched with pepper farmers in Chongqing

April 15th

The AGRI3 Fund is enabling farmers to switch from poor yielding crops to more lucrative and sustainable pepper cultivation, by investing in sustainable pepper farming in Chongqing, China. Rabobank and the Chongqing Agricultural Chain Corporation gathered on April 13th to launch the AGRI3 Fund project.

The AGRI3 Fund was initiated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Rabobank. The investments focus on farms that pursue more sustainable practices, including forest protection and improving rural livelihoods. FOUNT is an Investment Adviser to the Fund, together with Cardano Development and Mirova.

Read more on the project in the press release from Rabobank of December 22, 2020 Rabobank-closes-transactions-with-de-risking-by-AGRI3-Fund.pdf

Good Fashion Fund introduces video explaining GFF

April 2nd

The Good Fashion Fund has introduced its video on YouTube explaining how the GFF can improve the fashion industry.

The fashion industry needs to change. It’s polluting, has bad working conditions, and it’s not changing by itself. There are fantastic, disruptive, original ideas that will improve the industry. Watch the video to learn more.

Stanford Social Innovation Review features GFF

January 7th

An article in the latest edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2021 edition) gives insight into the valuable contribution of the Good Fashion Fund. “The Fund’s particular marriage of environmentally mindful technology and textile production fills a significant gap in the impact investments in the fashion industry, states director Bob Assenberg.”

Read the full article: The Future of Fashion

AGRI3 Fund closes transactions in Brazil and China

December 22nd

The AGRI3 Fund, initiated by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Rabobank, has just closed two transactions with de-risking by the fund in China and Brazil. The investments of the Fund focus on farms that pursue more sustainable practices, including forest protection and improving rural livelihoods. FOUNT, Cardano Development and Mirova work together as Investment Advisors to the Fund.

The investment in Brazil (USD 5 mln, 10 years) is linked to forest protection and renovation of degraded pastureland in Mato Grosso. This investment will make it possible for Grupo Carvalho Dias in Brazil to grow more sustainably. A new transaction provides financing for forest replanting, forest protection (2581 ha) and renovation of degraded pastureland (1200 ha) in line with recognized E&S guidelines, which will enable cattle growth without clearing new land.

The investment in China (USD 10 mln, 3 years) is linked to sustainable pepper farming in the Chongqing region. By providing access to financing, training and high-quality inputs and by selling at a guaranteed price, this loan helps to enable farmers to switch from poor yielding crops to more lucrative and sustainable pepper cultivation. This can increase the income of potentially 80,000 farmers.

Read the full press release of The Rabobank:
Rabobank closes transactions with de-risking by AGRI3 Fund

BIX raises support for C-Quest to scale-up

November 30th

Innovative investment vehicle BIX Capital has provided an Impact Receivables Finance Facility to C-Quest Capital (CQC) to the amount of US$ 2.75 million. CQC is a diversified impact-investment enterprise, focused on providing the poorest communities in developing countries with clean sustainable energy supplies and technology. CQC specializes in tailor made solutions to meet their client’s carbon neutral and sustainable development objectives. The impact ambitions of CQC and BIX Capital to improve the lives of those at the base of the pyramid are highly complementary.

Read the press release BIX Capital provides additional support for C-Quest Capital to scale-up