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Inova Urbis Team - SITAWI
Inova Urbis Team - SITAWI's new loan

SITAWI will manage SouMinasGerais Fund for Mariana dam disaster victims

Caetano Veloso, Criolo, Jota Quest and other singers joined on December 8th , in Belo Horizonte, a fundraising event to support the victims of Samarco’s dam in Mariana, Minas Gerais. The whole #SouMinasGerais concert revenue will be directed to a philanthropic fund called SouMinasGerais, managed by SITAWI.


CoP 21 – From Paris, Gustavo Pimentel

Whereas Brazil aligns with the European Union demanding a climatic agreement legally binding, US and China heads of state deliver uplifting but unyielding speeches. Gustavo Pimentel covers the events in Paris focusing on the theme Climatic Finances: the pie needs more public and private resources to grow in order to face the challenges.


Loans to housing transformation in Rocinha – Rio de Janeiro

SITAWI celebrates another Socio-environmental Loan with an special touch. The project developed by Inova Urbis will take place in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, near SITAWI’s headquarters. The project proposes a consultancy conceived to improve the lives of the community inhabitants aiming for more comfort, security and better sanitary conditions.


SITAWI joins the GIFE network

SITAWI officially joined the GIFE network (Institutions, Foundations and Companies Group). “This is a major step to reinforce the strategical partnership system with social transformation players and catalysts. We hope to make a contribution with our expertise in Finance for Good, impact investing and socially responsible finances with the certainty that the exchange with GIFE and its other associates will be highly enriching”, said Leonardo Letelier, SITAWI’s CEO and founder.


Social Impact Business Marathon – RJ

Promoted by SEBRAE RJ with SITAWI’s support, the Marathon took place between November 12th and 15th, as part of Entrepreneur Fair in Rio de Janeiro. There were more than 100 inscribed and 53 participating projects. Education, healthcare and culture came up as the most discussed subjects, but the award highlights were about minority empowering businesses.

Children cooking at Lar da Bencao Divina
Children cooking at Lar da Bencao Divina

Lar da Bênção Divina/Home of divine blessing:: SITAWI granted a social loan worth R$ 75 thousand for an organization that provides services impoverished communities of Corea, Alba and Buraco Quente in the south of São Paulo. The NGO is known for its excellent educational program that has supported 2,790 children since opening. Nowadays, it also runs an Experimental Orchestra, with 90 participants, and supports an average of 260 families per year.

First Philanthropic Fund of the Atlantic Forest’s preservation:: The crowdfunding campaign “Dá Pé”, intends to attract resources in order to plant more than 20 thousand native trees of the Atlantic Forest! The project’s financial management will be made by SITAWI. Plant a tree!

Partnership with Polen:: SITAWI is now part of the group of Brazilian organizations supported by Polen, an in-browser web app (currently only available in Chrome), which turns online shopping at more than 100 stores into donations. All this without the user paying anything extra, besides the amount of the purchase. Understand how the app works. (portuguese only)

Partnership UK – BR:: In partnership with the English agency EIRIS, we have launched an environmental, social and governance (ESG) research service for institutional investors and financial institutions. EIRIS is a leading global ESG research agency with over 30 years of experience. It has elected SITAWI to improve the quality of its research in Latin America. Read more. (portuguese only)

Bakery at Coperjunho
Bakery at Coperjunho

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New Release: Summary of 2014 Results

4 program areas, R$6 million invested, 80+ companies analyzed, 20 consultancy, 33 projects benefited and 150 thousand lives impacted!

All this is only possible with your support and partnership. Take a look and tell us what you think!


New social-environmental loan : SITAWI has a new loan client in South of Brazil. Coperjunho is a farming cooperative based in Laranjeiras do Sul, Paraná. The loan will provide more working capital, creating double social-environmental impact: to generate income for the locals and to produce a large part of its products organically. Keep reading.


SITAWI supports the 2nd International EFFAS/Apimec Conference: SITAWI is the official supporter of the 2nd International EFFAS/Apimec Conference. This year the theme is “Can We Evolve to a Sustainable Economy?” We will be sharing our experience on the Integrating ESG panel with an analysis of fixed income securities. The event will take place at BM&FBOVESPA, São Paulo on Oct 6.


SIB in Ceará and Santa Catarina! SITAWI took part in four meetings with leaders from Ceará and Santa Catarina to present the innovative potential of Social Impact Bonds (SIB). Our expertise in consulting and social finance point to a potential structuring role of these operations in Brazil. Besides the meetings, SITAWI and BID were special guests in the FIESC Education Event in Floranópolis. Read more. (portuguese only)


New Record for Good! We are flattered with the massive interest in working with Finance for Good: we received more than 400 CVs for opportunities as consultant and intern in sustainable finance. The selection process has already begun! We are sure that, besides new collaborators, we will meet many excellent people who will become part of our network.

Women processing manioc in Para, Brazil
Women processing manioc in Para, Brazil

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In May, SITAWI celebrated the 7th anniversary of Finance for Good! Thanks for being part of our journey! =)


New board member:: Franklin Feder, independent adviser and former CEO of Alcoa Latin America & Caribbean, joined SITAWI’sboard this month. Frank is from the US and has already served as a consultant, corporate vice-president and finance director. Currently he is a member of the advisory boards of five social organizations, including his new position with SITAWI Finance for Good. Welcome Frank!


Business opportunities and the environment:: SITAWI showed its knowledge and expertise on the market for green bonds on 7th May in Brasilia to an audience of environmental experts and banking professionals. Green bonds are used by companies and financial to finance green activities. To find out more about SITAWI’s work on Green Bonds, get in touch with


Article on Investment & Pensions Europe:: The website Investment & Pensions Europe published an article co-authored by Gustavo Pimentel, director of Sustainable Finance, and Raj Thamontheram, CEO of Preventable Surprises. The article look at how long-term investments can be part of the solution for the Brazilian crisis. Read the full article at


Our Annual Dinner was a Success! The Annual Dinner for SITAWI Supporters, which took place on May 20th, counted with the participation of Armínio Fraga, supporter since 2011. The speakers’ main themes were the country’s economic challenges and the role of social finance. The guests had a chance to get to know the work of the organization better, besides connecting with other partners and supporters, encouraging Good Networking.


$55 Billion in responsible assets:: this is how much Brazilian pension funds that have reached na intermediate or advanced level at incorporating social and environmental aspects have invested in equities. The data are a result of research presented by SITAWI at the ESG Alpha Event. Worldwide responsible investments now represent more than $21 trillion in investments.


Improving communications:: To become responsible investments, companies need to learn to communicate not only their financial results, but also to integrate their performance and social-environmental credentials. Last month, SITAWI trained more than 15 companies in “GT Empresas Pioneiras de Relato Integrado” to construct concise presentations for institutional investors.

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CIES Project in São Paulo, Brazil


SITAWI opens its first Thematic Social Fund

SITAWI and YOPO have developed new ideas for the "FEM-Innovation Social Fund: Women for ICT with Social Impact"! The Fund aims to raise R$ 1.5 million to support startups that will focus on redefining technology and communications from a woman’s perspective. Click here to find out more :


Social Impact Bonds in Brazil!

SITAWI will launch the Social Impact Bond Lab in Brazil to promote conversations and communicate advances of this new concept in the country. SIB lab is a partnership between SITAWI and the Inter-American Development Bank and Social Finance UK. More soon!


New Socio-environmental Loan for CIES

CIES (Integration Center of Education and Health) aims to increase access to technical medical examinations for low-income and vulnerable communities in São Paulo, Brazil. With this new loan, CIES expects to serve 390,000 patients and train 19,500 nurses per year. 


Free tool to renewable energy

SITAWI has developed a free tool which allows energy consumers from any state in Brazil to test the economic viability of installing photovoltaic solar panels into their properties. The simulator is part of the project “Sustainable Business: Transforming Ideas into Innovative Models” from the Ethos Institute and is available on Ethos’ website. Click here to read full article (Portuguese only):


Caribbean Connection

After the launch of the Guide to Social and Environmental Responsibility, SITAWI will conduct training for ten development agencies in Brasilia, at the end of February. And the expertise of our Sustainable Finance team is turning into an export product! After Brasilia, SITAWI will head to the Caribbean island of Barbados to support banks in developing social and environmental responsibility policies and risk management.


Latest stops: Tajikistan and Afghanistan

In early January, SITAWI concluded its environmental risk advisory in Afghanistan that trained more than 100 credit professionals and executives of three Afghan banks. The project was so successful that it was extended to four more banks in neighboring Tajikistan.


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