Breaking Barriers

Developing Local Economies Through Market Solutions

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S3IDF Enables The Poor To Access To Basic Services And Opportunities For Economic Advancement.

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Real Lives, Real Solutions

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Our Mission

S3IDF reduces poverty in developing countries by supporting small-scale enterprises that meet basic infrastructure needs and provide opportunities for economic advancement.


S3IDF envisions a world where the poor benefit from inclusive financial, commercial, and social systems, gaining opportunities to overcome poverty.

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Our Approach

S3IDF uses its Social Merchant Bank Approach® (SMBA) to provide entrepreneurs with three bundled services: leveraged co-financing, technology access and knowledge, and business development support. By tailoring the approach to local conditions and markets, S3IDF enables the poor access to employment, asset-creation and ownership opportunities, and basic services. Our project portfolio includes solar, biomass and biogas, water, and other technologies for small-scale industries.

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Awards & Recognition

S3IDF's Social Merchant Bank Approach® (SMBA) has received international acclaim and recognition.

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