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Kachuwa makes Transformative 25 list

PRESS RELEASE 


Catalytic Funds raise over $1.13 Billion for Non-extractive Finance 


Kachuwa Impact Fund was honored to be one of the funds selected for the Transformative 25 (T25) list in 2024. See full press release below.



On May 1, 2024, Collective Action for Just Finance will release the Transformative 25 (T25), its fourth annual list of impact first community informed capital funds, banks, and initiatives transforming the finance sector towards one that enriches people and the planet. 


“If you care about racial inequality, the climate crisis, and how finance is wrecking our democracy, the Transformative 25 list is a must-follow,” said Leslie Christian, CFA, Senior Investment Advisor, Northstar Asset Management. 


T25 funds employ a mix of holistic strategies such as diverse leadership, integrated capital, creative financial tools, regenerative returns, values-aligned mission, and democratic ownership and governance to drive transformative change in finance. 


The T25 Selection Committee includes 23 members from multiple sectors who reviewed a diverse group of funds that drive innovative solutions to address wealth inequality, the climate crisis, unbanked entrepreneurs and families, and racial and gender discrimination. The funds provide holistic solutions and wealth building assistance to entrepreneurs, cooperatives, Native communities, the underhoused, and underemployed. 


Diverse Leadership is Key

The T25 Committee notes that diverse leadership teams are able to identify overlooked investment opportunities and create the kind of informed and culturally relevant support that unbanked and underbanked communities need.


“If you want to make a difference in racial and gender equity in finance, this is where you want to look,” said Jennifer Astone, Founder, Transformative 25 List, Ecosystem Director, Collective Action for Just Finance. “The T25 list is deeply informed by social justice movements. The leaders of these funds are pushing the world of finance to be accountable to borrowers and to communities.” 


Ninety-six percent of the 2024 funds identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color-led (BIPOC-led), meaning they reported 50% or more of the fund’s leadership self-identifies as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. 


For the second year in a row, five (19%) Indigenous-led funds showcased in the T25 list demonstrate how Indigenous communities around the world are building economic power and self-determination. 


Seventy-five percent of the funds self-identify as women-led (cis and trans), femme-led or gender-expansive led (50% or more leadership).


Non-extractive Finance Attracts $1.13 Billion

Cumulatively the 90 funds listed on the T25 since 2021 have raised $1.13 billion dollars in grant and investment capital for impact-first funds attracting capital from a wide range of investors and donors. “With well over a billion dollars in dealflow, the annual T25 list underscores that there are absolutely no excuses for investors who truly seek to make impact-first investments,” said Taj James, Co-founder, Full Spectrum Capital Partners and Movement Strategy Center and Steering Committee, Collective Action for Just Finance.


The List includes a range of funds and finance strategies including: 

  • Dearfield Fund for Black Wealth provides down-payment assistance to first-time Black and African American homebuyers to close the racial wealth gap and build generational wealth.

  • FINAPOP: Popular Financing for Healthy Food Production in Brazil finances cooperatives and associations producing healthy food in Agrarian Reform settlements with climate-friendly agroecology.

  • People’s Solar Energy Fund advances energy democracy with non-extractive finance, technical assistance and peer-learning for community-owned solar developers in underserved communities in the United States.

  • NDN Fund tailors loans to support Indigenous-led and community-based solutions for small-medium business and medium-large projects, grounded in Indigenous systems thinking and the interconnectedness of all things.


A public webinar announcing the list will be held on May 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern. Registration information follows: https://bit.ly/T25Launch2024


Collective Action for Just Finance | Transformative 25, a project of Possibility Labs, will publish the 2024 List and Report on May 1- https://iciaptos.com/the-transformative-25/


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