Financial inclusion is seen as an enabler of 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, among them SDG 1 (Ending poverty), SDG 2 (Ending hunger, achieving food security and promoting sustainable agriculture), SDG 5 (Achieving gender equality) and SDG 10 (Reducing inequality).
The network of ECLOF offers opportunities to impact investors, churches and related organizations to invest in financial inclusion: in general or under specific themes like women empowerment, sustainable agriculture, education, water & sanitation, or housing. Investment can be in the form of a loan to ECLOF International or directly to an ECLOF member.
Churches and related organizations see investment in ECLOF as an alternative form of attaining their social mission – by investing their money “mission aligned” under the theme of social justice. Unlike mainstream investments in the financial markets, investment with ECLOF allows investors to physically see the impact of their money on the working poor whom ECLOF serves. Reputable organizations – including churches in the global North and South, church-related organizations and social impact investors – view ECLOF as a vehicle effectively fighting poverty and inequality.
Find out more about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals