ProFound’s stories and expertise

Rural Finance services from ProFound

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Designing innovative and inclusive finance opportunities is key to make companies and its suppliers ready for successful entry in regional or international markets.

Read more about our story on Organic honey in Ethiopia

Europe faces insufficient honey and beeswax supplies because the bee population is decreasing globally. ProFound helps Ethiopian suppliers fill this gap on the honey market.

Read more about our story on Forest garden tea in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an important tea supplier to Europe, but sustainability of tea is not always assured.  Farmers don’t earn a decent wage and soils are depleted. To solve these issues, ProFound developed a truly sustainable value chain in Sri Lanka. This goes beyond standard certification schemes.

Read more about our story on Natural ingredients sector development in South Africa

With its unique local biodiversity, South Africa is a great source of inspiration for European cosmetic producers. But, there are still very few South African products on the European market. ProFound developed an export strategy for natural ingredients with ministries, companies business associations and universities. This strategy creates an enabling environment for companies.

Read more about our story on FairWild pine nuts in Pakistan

Due to growing global demand for pine nuts, they are collected unsustainably from forests in Pakistan. This leaves local populations with few alternatives. With our NI-CheckApp, we help companies with sustainable collection and proper resource management.

ProFound story: Biotrade development in southeast Asia

At ProFound, we believe sustainability and economic development go hand in hand. In Southeast Asia, deforestation rates are high and biodiversity is endangered. Here, we use our expertise in BioTrade development to create economic opportunities while protecting the biodiversity.