Trade To Aid is all about sustainable empowerment. Businesses need two important things to success: cash and knowledge.
Our aim is to offer these in a sustainable way. That’s why we’ve developed our micro-investment system.
We’re offering free basic business training, teaching topics such as marketing and bookkeeping. In addition to business education, we’re offering investments for small businesses.
We are pioneering high risk, no collateral micro-investments in small businesses in rural areas. Trade To Aid helps businesses in need of cash for expansion to access the funds they require. We have a specific focus on empowering female entrepreneurs and encouraging more women into business.
Our micro-investment model works just like a traditional investment but with a few tweaks…
We buy small stakes in rural businesses in return for a share of their profits. If the business doesn’t make any profit, there’s no obligation to pay us. Unlike a traditional investment, as a non-profit, we reinvest all of our profits in other small businesses in the local area, creating a sustainable growth circle.
Additionally, we agree on a set transparent buyout deal before we invest. This buyout allows the business owner to buy back our shares in their business at any time. The buyout is a dynamic figure that changes according to business performance to ensure affordability.
Once we’ve invested our money in a business, that’s not the end of our relationship. One of our Trainers will visit the business at least once per month to provide business support, advice and to check on business performance.
Plus, we run extra training sessions on an ongoing basis covering additional business topics and we hope to expand our range of training sessions even further.
Once we’ve invested in a business, it’s very much in our interests to help that business make money – we only make money when they make money.
The fundamental principle behind the Trade To Aid initiative is that each branch grows and expands organically and sustainable along with the local community that it serves.