AAA WELCOMES OXFAM'S FIRST FORAY INTO IMPACT INVESTING
UK-based charitable organization, Oxfam, is moving into the world of social investment with a
loan worth some £1 million to a Mongolian business that specialises in machinery leasing. The
move has been welcomed by AAA as further indication that social impact investment can benefit
communities all over the world.
Boston, MA, USA, October 11, 2012 -- UK-based charitable organization, Oxfam, is moving into the
world of social investment with a loan worth some £1 million to a Mongolian business that specialises in
machinery leasing. The move has been welcomed by Alternative Asset Analysis as further indication that
social impact investment can benefit communities all over the world.
The loan is being offered through Oxfam's Small Enterprise Impact Investing Fund, which it has set up
with Swiss microfinance specialist Symbiotics and the City of London Corporation.
The response to the news of the loan has been interesting and has prompted investment experts to take
the growth of impact investing seriously. As more and more charities move into the commercial sector by
funding social projects and businesses that can benefit wide sections of society in developing countries,
they are highlighting this type of investment.
Impact investing is growing in popularity among regular investors who are looking to make healthy
returns over the medium to long term, while doing their bit to help vulnerable communities or reduce
AAA advocates many types of alternative investment, but focuses its support on ethical projects like
those backed by impact investing. "Helping people to work their way out of poverty and to create jobs
and opportunities for large number of people within a community is an extremely productive use of an
investor's wealth," claimed Anthony Johnson, AAA's analyst partner. AAA claims that a growing number
of investors are now looking for ethical choices when deciding where to invest their cash, after being left
with a bad taste in their mouths after the banking crisis.
Barbara Stocking of Oxfam told the Financial Times that it hoped its decision to invest in a socially
responsible project will encourage other investors to do the same. "We are determined to prove to the
investment industry that its scale and influence means it could play a significant role in eradicating
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