Beneficial Returns borrows money from family foundations and donor advised funds (DAFs), pools the funds, and makes equipment loans of $50,000 – $500,000 to social enterprises addressing poverty in emerging markets. With additional capital these social enterprises are able to deepen and broaden their impact in fields such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, waste reduction & re-purposing, and livelihoods development.
Our pipeline of prospective borrowers include social enterprises that are:
– converting dairy waste into energy and fertilizer in Central America
– providing consistent incomes for hill tribe families in Northern
– turning agricultural waste into low-smoke charcoal in Haiti
– growing organic rice with half the normal water consumption in
Beneficial Returns investors activate their philanthropic capital for deep impact and they get their investment back with interest, too. We’re actively looking for more borrowers and new investors.