Resilient Cocoa Farming III
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Working Capital Associates provides direct financing to value chains of agriculture products from Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) and Latin America (Latam). So far, the company has raised 700.000€ through GoParity to fund three different organizations: a coffee cooperative in Peru (Peruvian Resilient Farming I and II); a cocoa company in Peru (Resilient Cocoa Farming I and II); and a family-owned cocoa company in Ecuador (Ecuadorian Cocoa Farming I and II). Three out of six campaigns (total amount of 250.000€ lent) have successfully reached their payments plan maturity. All investors have received their full capital invested and interest.
This is the third campaign aimed at providing working capital to this fair trade, certified, female-owned and female-led Peruvian organization dedicated to the aggregation, processing, and selling of cocoa and its derivatives (after Resilient Cocoa Farming I and II). Operating with more than 3.000 local producers in the regions of Cajamarca, San Martín, Amazonas, and Huánuco, that collectively produce 55% of the total cocoa produced in Peru, for a total aggregate of 23.400 metric tons per year.
The Company is located in Tarapoto (San Martin) and concentrates 10% of the local market share, ranking as the third-largest cocoa bean marketer in Peru. Its vision is to improve the quality of life of its farming partners, offering training and technical assistance, and to be recognized by the local and international community as a high-quality supplier, developing customized products, with commitment, ethics, and trust. This vision and strategy are reinforced by several certifications, from which Fair Trade (Comércio Justo) and USDA Organic should be highlighted.
The Fair Trade Certification is particularly relevant, as it places the Company in the 13% out of the 33 million global cocoa producers that have achieved such certification which, among others, ensures that the cocoa processing and procurement are free of child slavery labour – the Fair Trade certification is particularly strict in this regard, and with yearly inspections in the sourcing farms, has no tolerance for any abusive labour practices.
Peru is the sixth-largest producer of cocoa worldwide, the second largest organic cocoa producer (after the Dominican Republic), and the number one fair-trade organic cocoa producer worldwide. The worldwide demand for cocoa is growing and especially the demand for certified cocoa is expected to continue to grow in Europe over the next years, with two clear increasing trends: search for sustainable (certified) chocolate products, i.e. cocoa bean production that complies with social, environmental and economic aspects and where the whole process is successfully certified by a third party; and towards authentic ingredients and single origin cocoa products.
Less than ten years ago, thousands of farmers used their plots in the Northern Highlands of the Selva region to grow coca - while coca provided a steady income in remote regions, the illicit crop also brought with it the violence of drug traffickers and their allies. The government was eager to eradicate it and with the collaboration of the military, police, local, regional and national governments, and initiatives from international donors and the private sector, Peruvian coca farmers were converted to cocoa (and coffee) farming and Peru has, in the last years, quickly built a global reputation for producing traditionally cultivated, shade-grown, high-quality cocoa beans.
This is the third campaign aimed at providing working capital for the same female-owned company of small cocoa producers in Peru. This is the direct impact of these campaigns:
The funds raised through this campaign will be used as Transactional Working Capital to provide liquidity to the Organization from its procurement and processing stage, all the way through its exports.
Transactional Working Capital is a short-term debt financing asset that allows the seller to receive advance/early payments and the buyers to delay their payments. In commercial sales, standard market practice for payments is between 30 to 90 days from the time when the seller issues its invoice – such payment terms usually strain the cash availability of the seller for its own procurement, while allowing the buyer to hold on to their cash for longer. Often, the seller’s working capital gap is resolved by accessing traditional bank financing, which usually requires to be over-collateralized over hard assets (i.e. factories, buildings, machinery). However, due to the elevated requirements demanded by banks as guarantees for the loans, impossible to meet for smallholders, such bank loans seldom resolve any working capital gap.
Transactional Working Capital fills this gap without the need for collateral. That, in turn, obtains the following results for both the smallholders and the aggregator:
WCA maintains a Trade Credit Insurance Policy with a global insurance company providing worldwide trade credit insurance, surety, and collections services, with a strategic presence in 50 countries. The Project repayment will be guaranteed under such Trade Credit Insurance Policy, which effectively protects GoParity lenders from default in a credit-related event (e.g. insolvency, bankruptcy). The policy covers losses from Insolvency, Protracted Default, and Political Risk and covers up to 90% of the value of the underlying commercial transaction financed by WCA. As WCA provides up to 80% financing to any underlying commercial transaction, the policy in essence covers more than WCA’s entire financing.
This is the third campaign aimed at providing funding to this specific company, after two successful campaigns with a total amount of 300.000€. One of the campaigns has reached its payments plan maturity. All investors have received their full capital invested and interest.
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WCA is the only female-owned and led company providing direct financing to value chains of agriculture products from Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) and Latin America (Latam).
WCA follows a themed responsible investment approach which “allows investors to address ESG issues by investing in specific solutions to them, such as renewable energy, waste, and water management, sustainable forestry and agriculture, health products and inclusive finance” (PRI).
The company follows two key themes:
The company also applies gender-lens to its investments, seeking to finance a significant level of female-led businesses that follow sustainable and responsibly managed standards.
WCA’s goal is to grow value chains by providing access to finance to SMEs, in the framework of three keys SDGs:
The company also applies a “No Harm” Impact Goal, when reviewing its investment opportunities and applying a negative screening to harmful/controversial products and industries.
The team is composed of ten professionals, with senior executive team members having 10+ years of experience in Emerging Markets and/or Trade Finance, and a collective experience in financing over USD1 billion in short-term debt and Emerging Markets transactions.
WCA is headquartered in London and registered with the FCA under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Transfer of Funds Regulations 2017. The company operates using a “commercial finance company” model, by raising funds (in the form of loans and/or co-investments) from international investors, which it then on-lends to borrowers in their target markets.
The company’s revenue comes from the net interest margin between interest received from the borrowers and interest paid to the lenders.
Traditionally, the funds obtained come from impact funds, credit funds, Development Finance institutions (DFIs), and private wealth seeking thematic investments, which provide the company with medium to long-term funding.
The company’s target market is comprised of 2million SMEs that are financially constrained across Africa (#1.6million) and Latam (#0.4million). Specifically, the company is focusing on Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, with a preference for food value chains.
The company has tailored its services to SMEs, these suffering from the highest levels of transactional financing requests – approximately 58% of transactional finance proposals are rejected by banks, despite the sector globally submitting 44% of all transactional finance proposals. Banks reject such a high volume of proposals for three specific reasons: very cumbersome AML/KYC requirements imposed by regulators, capital requirements such that short-term financing to lower-rated enterprises is unprofitable and constraints on banks’ capital.
WCA follows the Principles for Responsible Investments based on the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
In addition to this, WCA has established ESG standards related to investments in controversial sectors and products. The company believes that certain industries, countries, and/or sectors are not compatible with its principles, and therefore will refrain from financing companies that are against its sustainability values.
Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa
Number of Goparity Loans
First instalment was paid to all the investors
This project has successfully reached its payments plan maturity. All investors have received their full capital invested and interest. Nevertheless, its impact will keep growing for many more years!
562 investors successfully raised 150.000€
This campaign is open for investment