This group seeks to provide a space for comprehensive discussion and knowledge sharing among intermediaries looking to better support SGBs in the area of access to finance. It helps address issues that challenge both ANDE members and the SGBs that they support as they seek to access debt and blended finance capital.
Social enterprises have a dual mission to achieve impact and financial returns and often find it hard to raise patient capital for growth as they don’t offer the hockey stick projections that investors are looking for. Confronted with this challenge, they may be forced to drift away or abandon their social mission all together, to chase after more lucrative customer segments or product pricing. Impact-linked debt instruments such as Social Success Notes provide an elegant solution.
India consumes one-third of the global standards when it comes to per capita energy consumption. The level of plastic usage is among the lowest and there is a meagre 4% air conditioning penetration in the country. As India moves up the development ladder and aims to be a $10 trillion economy in the next 10 years, there is going to be a great demand for housing, energy, food and transportation. This scenario will hold true for all emerging economies across the world. A scenario that creates a tremendous opportunity for capital to be deployed in these sectors should be good news.
The discussion focused on understanding Masala Bonds as instruments of debt both from an investor's and an entrepreneur's lens.
Social Success Notes (SSNs) hold the promise of addressing the missing-middle financing gap for impact SGBs by mobilizing commercial capital into these businesses while overcoming the long-entrenched trade-off between social impact and financial return.