THOUSANDS OF STORIES
HEALTH SERVICES / SUSTAINABLE FOOD SUPPLY / ENERGY EFFICIENCY / CLIMATE ACTION / SOCIAL INCLUSION / LABOUR MARKET INTEGRATION / EDUCATION / ELDERLY AND CHILDHOOD CARE
Europe’s societal challenges run wide and deep.
Micro enterprises represent nine out of ten European businesses, and can employ some of society’s most excluded groups.
Social enterprises and social investment schemes have an intentional, tangible and demonstrated focus on creating social value.
EUROPE'S SOCIAL IMPACT ECOSYSTEM
Micro lenders, social banks, social impact funds as well as incubators and accelerators are the source of financing to micro enterprises and social enterprises. We invest to build the capacity of these financial intermediaries.
The European Investment Fund supports social entrepreneurs and micro enterprises to generate the widest social impact possible.
• We guarantee and invest in the activity of micro lenders, banks and social impact funds so that social entrepreneurs and micro enterprises have better access to financing.
• We incentivise these businesses to be financially stable and socially impactful.
• We attract private capital into this space to encourage ongoing, sustainable, private financing to the sector.
• We invest to build an ecosystem of micro lenders, banks, social impact funds, incubators and accelerators so that social and micro entrepreneurs receive the support they need at every stage.
Positive social impact and financial success can grow hand-in-hand.