Shared Interest

Shared Interest mobilizes the resources for Southern Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves and build equitable nations. Our primary mission is to provide smallholder farmers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs with the capital and technical assistance they need to create sustainable livelihoods. We do this by guaranteeing loans made by local banks to borrowers who would otherwise be considered “unbankable.” These loans enable small enterprises to make critical investments in equipment, inventory, and supplies — expanding operations, adding staff, or mitigating the impact of climate change. In Malawi, our work is focused on supporting the growth of women-owned, community-based seed systems.