Buying a truck to collect the mango harvest

It appears I have bought a truck to help mango farmers who are working cooperatively in Burkina Faso.

Well, not quite. I have lent the money to the farmers to enable them to buy the truck.

Well, even that’s not quite right. The Burkina Faso farmers’ organisation Association Ton has borrowed money from the UK-based cooperative Shared Interest. Shared Interest takes in share capital from British investors and lends it out again to fair trade producers in developing countries.

I am a modest shareholder in Shared Interest, an initiative I first covered journalistically when it was launched twenty-five years or so ago and whose development I have since followed with considerable interest.  Their latest newsletter has just arrived, and with it news of where it has recently invested my savings. The newsletter, and much else, is at


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