Waterloo agency’s blended finance program aims to change lives

November 25, 2016

By Brent Davis (@DavisRecord)

Originally published in The Record

WATERLOO — In Colombia, improved oil filters on a rental vehicle fleet are slashing costs while saving hundreds of gallons of oil each year.

In India, an organic farming initiative has boosted productivity and opened new export markets while attracting more female farmers.

There are dozens of other success stories like these in frontier and emerging markets around the world, thanks to a homegrown program managed by Mennonite Economic Development Associates.

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Sustainable Business Brief Launched

October 21, 2015

The Sustainable Business Brief (SBB) is a practical resource highlighting ESG integration and sustainable business in frontier and emerging markets. The objective of the newsletter is to provide fund managers and SMEs in these markets with practical information - including articles, publications, events of interest and updates on the INFRONT Sustainability Innovation Grant fund – to expand their awareness in these areas. October 21st, 2015 marks the launch of the newsletter, which will be distributed every other month. Click here to be added to the mailing list.

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Phase III of INFRONT Sustainability Innovation Grant Fund launched

July 27, 2015

The INFRONT competitive Sustainability Innovation Grant Fund (SIG) provides economic incentives to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that want to improve the sustainability of their operations, with a specific focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and practices. Successful SIG applicants will be awarded matching grants of up to CAD $80,000, with a CAD $160,000 counterpart contribution required by the applicant.

To date, the INFRONT SIG is working with 11 SMEs throughout Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe (see here).  Over the next several months, up to 10 additional businesses will be selected for funding,

For more information about the INFRONT Sustainability Innovation Grant Fund, including eligibility, application guidelines, FAQs and application forms, see here.

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