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Who We Finance

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, with 47% of customers having a turnover of below £500,000.

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.

Our impact

Last year every £1 invested was lent 1.8 times.  We made payments totalling £61.7 million in the year and these funds supported 397 businesses in 59 countries.  This included 163 fair trade producer groups with nearly 7000 permanent employees.  

We know that our finance directly impacted 361,576 individuals last year of which 30% were women producers.

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

Catherine of Kenyan Handcraft producers, Namayiana, said:

"Maasai women face many challenges, generally brought about by lack of education. The women are proud they have their own project. They can earn a living and take care of their families.  We want to say thank you to the hand that gives. Looking forward, we hope to continue to grow our group and pass it on to our children."