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ONESEED MICROFINANCE FUND

We believe adventure and entrepreneurial hustle go hand in hand. Whether you’re trekking to Everest or taking the next step towards financial independence, it’s an endeavor that takes dedication and risk.

That’s why when you travel with OneSeed, 10% of your trip cost is invested in local entrepreneurs - empowering our fellow risk-takers to launch or expand their business.

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OneSeed partners with local microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the countries where we operate. We invest 10 percent of our total revenue in these partners, who in turn lend this seed capital to small-scale entrepreneurs as collateral-free, shared liability microcredit. Working directly with microfinance partners in the countries where we travel ensures that local experts drive loan approval and investment. Entrepreneurs repay the loan over the course of the loan term as they launch or expand their business.

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Microfinance is not a solution to poverty, but rather a tool to empower individuals looking to create opportunities through entrepreneurship. Microloans provide financial services to clients who find it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain capital from traditional lenders due to the small size of the loan or the remote location of the borrower.

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OneSeed is a purpose-driven social enterprise. We believe the most enduring and meaningful impact we can create is through business development. Want to support the mission? Join us on the trail.

 

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MEET THE ENTREPRENEURS

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NEPAL

“It is very important to work for yourself, to become independent and not be dependent on other people. I am very happy owning my own business, seeing my plants grow and being able to sell them for profit...education is so important.”

- Sarita (Ghusel, Nepal)


Sarita has a small farm behind her home in Ghusel, a small village high in the hills of the Kathmandu Valley. She received business training as well as a loan through our partner Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (WEAN). After receiving a small loan to purchase supplies and labor to construct greenhouses, she has been able to double her income.

WEAN assists women who want to start or scale a business through hands-on training in addition to necessary seed funding. Entrepreneurs complete business, marketing, and financial training while gaining access to small loans that large banks are not willing or able to grant to those in rural areas.


Chile

“I’m happy because, after my loan, I was able to buy an oven, electric stove, and tools to grow my empanada business. I am 65 years old and have 4 children. I feel satisfied and proud to see that things can be done, and I’m not just sitting in the house. I keep active; that’s the only thing you need at this age.”

- Ana María Muñoz (Rancagua, Chile)
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UNITED STATES

“We’re proud to be expanding our loan operations to include immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs like Laxmi and his family. Why is OneSeed now offering loans in the US as well as our destinations around the world? Because we know that entrepreneurs are risk takers who don’t always stay put. Because we know that the greatness of our own nation comes from generations of immigrants (my own family among them), who took risks and started businesses in places and languages unknown. Because we believe in a world that welcomes refugees and supports immigrants as they build new lives, new businesses, and new opportunities. Because we believe in hustle — not walls.”

- Chris Baker, OneSeed Expeditions Founder
(Denver, CO)
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TANZANIA

Judith Tarimo - Arusha, Tanzania

 

Judith became a self-taught baker and sole proprietor of Malou Bakery with distribution throughout the Arusha region despite never finishing high school. Prior to joining Anza's Accelerator program, Judith’s main challenges were sales, marketing and scale strategy, and accounting. She now has the systems and strategies in place that she needs for her business to grow, and it has seen tremendous growth in the last year. Malou Bakery has gone from 7 to 45 permanent staff, plus 38 indirect jobs through a strong distributor network. Judith’s customer base has grown so big that she can no longer meet demand with the existing infrastructure. OneSeed underwrote a loan for her to purchase a van to help expand to new regions.


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