More investors are investigating the prospect of meeting their investment goals while also achieving desired social objectives. Simultaneously, many charitable and social organizations have found it difficult to secure the capital they require from conventional channels, such as bank finance, because the risk/reward does not comply with banking criteria. Banks are not interested in many small-scale commercial loans, loans with little or no security or loans for activities that don't usually attract investment.
"Blended finance" seeks to match the risk and return requirements of investors with the needs of charities and social organizations. The main principle is to blend the assets of multiple investors into a fund or other investment instruments that spread the loan risk that individual investors could not sustain. Thus, blended finance matches the objectives of socially motivated investors with the needs of social organizations. Read the Entire Article
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