Impact Overview
Percentage of TriLinc Borrowers that:
Comply with local environmental, labor, health, safety and business laws, standards and regulations 100%
Demonstrate their positive impact on the community through community service and/or community donations 92%
Commit to working towards implementing international environmental and health and safety best practices 100%
Implement environmentally sustainable practices, including energy savings, waste reduction and/or water conservation 79%
Top 5 Borrower Impact Objectives:
1 Job Creation
2 Agricultural Productivity & Food Security
3 Capacity-Building
4 Equality & Empowerment
5 Wage Increase
Top 5 Environmental and Social Practices:
1 Charitable Donations
2 Fair Hiring and Recruiting
3 Maternity / Paternity Leave
4 Energy Savings
5 Waste Reduction
Chia Seed Exporter - Chile1
Investment Type: Senior Secured Trade Finance
Structure: Revolving Facility
Loan Commitment Amount2: $2,000,000
Interest Rate3: 11.50%
Sector: Field Crops, Except Cash Grain
Collateral Coverage Ratio4: ≥ 1.54X
Primary Impact Objective: Agricultural Productivity

With a GDP of $258.1 billion and a population of 17.8 million, Chile is the sixth largest economy in Latin America and the Caribbean5. In 2016, it ranked second across the region on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index6 and is currently the most competitive economy in the region7. Chile’s capital, Santiago, is one of the leading business hubs in Latin America and is well positioned to facilitate international trade flows and catalyze the participation of the country’s SME segment in the global marketplace.

One such SME that has benefitted from Chile’s strategic positioning is a Santiago-based chia seed exporter. Founded in 2005 by Belgian and Chilean entrepreneurs who incorporated a small group of Argentine and Bolivian farmers, the company has quickly grown to become a significant global chia seed supplier. In 2014 the company supplied approximately 15% of global chia seed exports and expects to double its sales volume by 2020. Growing in popularity in international markets, chia seeds are the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 fatty acids and contain protein, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, in addition to numerous vitamins and minerals8. Human consumption of Omega-3 has been linked to many health benefits related to heart health, brain performance, and weight control9.

Recognizing the chia seed exporter’s growth potential as well as the importance that chia seeds have in fostering healthy lifestyles throughout the world, TriLinc has extended up to a $2,000,000 trade finance facility to the company as a source of timely and flexible short-term export financing. The borrower sources and processes chia seeds from multiple growers in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay, and processes them in a new state of the art plant in the Arica free trade zone of Chile. The trade facility finances shipments of packaged chia seeds, chia oil (bulk and capsules), and baked good snacks to health food stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, and food service companies in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company is committed to conserving resources by implementing water usage and waste management reduction policies as part of its production practices.

The impact data above in the Impact Overview section reflects data collected as of March 31, 2016 and is subject to change/rounding.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This borrower and the information presented represents an actual transaction in TriLinc Global Impact Fund.
1) There is no assurance that our investment in the borrower or this market will be successful or will have the desired impact.
2) The current loan commitment amount represents the current amount that is available to the borrower under the agreement. This amount may change over time.
3) Note, this is not a measure of TriLinc’s investment performance nor is it necessarily indicative of distributions that TriLinc may provide to investors.
4) The collateral coverage ratio is the amount of collateral the borrower must maintain in relation to the total amount outstanding on the facility.
5) The World Bank, World Development Indicators Database, 2015.
6) The World Bank, Doing Business 2016- Going Beyond Efficiency, 2016.
7) World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016.
8) U.S National Library of Medicine- The Promising Future of Chia, November 2012.
9) University of Maryland Medical Center- Omega-3 Fatty Acids, August 2015.
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