Our working method
Sierra Leone imports rice from Thailand when it is perfectly capable of producing it itself. Bangladesh exports jute to the Netherlands without adding value. We invest in entrepreneurs who want to do things differently. They have a healthy business case in several respects that we want to help them scale up with our investment. We do that as a committed shareholder.
We seek modest financial returns for our investors. However, our primary goal is social impact: food security is vital, as is livable income for farmers and factory workers .
We are guided by our core values - equality, interdependence, care for nature and openness - and inspired by the Bible. For example, by Philippians 4 : 8
"all that is true, all that is fair, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, all that is sound ..., consider this."
We invest in agrifood companies in Africa and Asia. As shareholders, we help build powerful companies with a positive impact on a national scale. We work with entrepreneurs who - like us - are values-driven.
Being a shareholder
The money we invest, we invest as shareholders. This way, we stand side by side with the entrepreneur and influence the company's direction. We share in ups and downs. That fits well with who we are and how we want to do our work: not aloof but fully involved.
We consider it essential that our values match those of the entrepreneur and fellow shareholders. We value equality, responsibility, care for each other, care for nature, openness and honesty.
We have a unique partnership with development organisation Woord en Daad. Together with its partners, Woord en Daad provides training and guidance to farmers and young people around the factory. Farmers learn to organise themselves and receive training in sustainable farming techniques. Young people receive vocational training, giving them a better chance of getting a job at the factory.