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Who We Support

How our lending works

Shared Interest provides ethical finance; working in parts of the world where other lenders are less keen to operate.

We continue to focus on reaching small farming and handcraft groups in disadvantaged areas, and we know that 70% of our customers have no other source of financial support.

We balance the desire for our lending to reach those who need it most, with the need to avoid placing our members’ capital at excessive risk.

Image: Elias Uldaricio Vasquez Huenuqueo and Maria Yaneth Garcés Vera, who are married and members of Apicoop, on their bee farm in Chile.

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Our impact

Last financial year our members’ investments helped us to make payments to the value of £59m to 221 organisations in 49 countries.  

We know that our finance supported 374,249 individuals, of which over a third are women 

You can read more about our success stories on our impact map

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