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2012 Press releases

SEFA Newsletter update

Welcome to this Spring e-Newsletter. As SEFA prepares for it’s first anniversary since launching in November 2011, we’re delighted to note the growing interest in Australia’s emerging social enterprise sector and the genuine and ongoing engagement of our investors and stakeholders. We also acknowledge the valuable commitment provided by those individuals, government and corporate supporters […]

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Dutch Treat for Ethical Investment

As the founder of an ethical investor with $10 billion of assets under management, Triodos chairman and chief executive Peter Blom is keen to banish the notion that the Dutch-based bank is a creditor of last resort to feel-good ventures that otherwise wouldn’t attract financiers. “This is not soft banking,” he says. “This is hard […]

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CEO of Triodos Bank NV promoting SEFA in Social Impact Investment

Australian investors will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from one of the world’s authorities in the rapidly expanding field of social impact investment during the visit to Australia this week of Peter Blom, CEO of Triodos Bank, a European bank with more than EUR 6.7 billion in assets under management. Mr Blom will visit […]

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Federal Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis launches Three Sista’s in Cairns

THERE’S a transformation under way at the ramshackle resort that used to be known as Mates Place, and the renovators hope the lives of the tenants will change as much as their homes. Three Sista’s, a new social accommodation enterprise, has taken over the neglected buildings with the help of a $450,000 loan from the […]

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SEFA selects Queensland social enterprise for first loan

SEFA has made its first $450000 loan to a Queensland social enterprise that will provide accommodation to people in Cairns and Indigenous people from Cape York who travel to Cairns for health services. Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) has made its first loan to a Queensland social enterprise that will provide accommodation to people in […]

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Social Enterprise Fund helps Far North Queenslanders with housing, health and jobs

Cairns-based social enterprise, Three Sistas will receive a $450,000 loan to turn a former tourism business into a low-cost accommodation service to support people in Cairns and Indigenous people from Cape York who travel to Cairns for health services. Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said this is the first loan delivered through the Australian […]

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VIDEO: Watch David Rickards’ Sky News interview of January 2012

David Rickards, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) explores the process of lending to social businesses, the scope and scale of the social investment sector, mutual aid and cooperative self-help businesses in the 19th century, government stimulus and social franchising.

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SEFA’s Founding Investor, Triodos Bank demystifies sustainable lending and the business case for social banks

SEFA’s Founding Investor, Triodos Bank demystifies sustainable lending and the business case for social banks. The Guardian , 3 April 2012 Little-known, but enthusiastically embraced by their customers, a different kind of banking has risen to prominence in recent years. View the full article at www. guardian.co.uk

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