Hilltribe Organics is pleased to announce its first institutional investor, LGT Venture Philanthropy. LGT VP’s mission is to improve the quality of life of less advantaged people. To realize its mission, they support organizations with positive social or environmental impact through financing, know-how and access to networks. Building on their field experience they inspire and advise people who want to become active in philanthropy. When it comes to realizing their engagement, they benefit from LGT VPs experience and teams on the ground.
Hilltribe Organics is a social enterprise producing high value organic products, initially focused on free range and organic eggs, which improves the livelihoods of hilltribe farmers in Northern Thailand near Chang Rai. The company was co-founded by three experienced Asia-based social entrepreneurs: Arvind Narula, Markus Dietrich and Richard W. Blossom.
Why LGT Venture Philanthropy supports Hilltribe Organics
Hilltribe Organics improves the livelihoods of one of the most disadvantaged communities in Thailand in a sustainable and scalable way. There are approximately one million hilltribe people living in northern Thailand, typically on USD 5 a day per household in contrast to the Thai average of USD 25. It is estimated that 20-30% of them lack Thai citizenship and access to public services such as healthcare and formal education, and are vulnerable to land ownership disputes, trafficking and exploitation.
Hilltribe Organics sustainably triples the income of hilltribe farmers through free-range, organic chicken farms for egg production. The company supplies all necessary inputs free of charge, such as the organic chickens, organic feed, and farmer training, and guarantees a market for the eggs at a fair and predictable price. Eggs are sold to consumers through organic and premium supermarkets, as well as directly to restaurants and hotels. Recently the company commenced its first exports to Hong Kong.
The business also commits 1% of revenues to a Village Development Fund used to sponsor community development projects in critical areas, including infrastructure, health, education, citizenship assistance, and others. Hilltribe Organics currently works with 19 hilltribe families in Chiang Rai and expects to engage 145 hilltribe families by 2016, impacting approximately 725 individuals.
LGT VP’s engagement
Alongside co-investors from the Young Presidents’ Organization and World Presidents’ Organization (two established global networks of successful chief executives), Hilltribe Organics invited LGT Venture Philanthropy to invest equity into Hilltribe Organics as our first institutional impact investor. LGT Venture Philanthropy will provide the company with valuable business know-how, access to relevant networks and help the company monitor and scale their positive social outcomes.
“LGT Venture Philanthropy is excited to invest in an organization started by experienced social entrepreneurs who are leveraging their success, networks and business acumen to develop a for-profit model designed specifically to improve the lives of the less-advantaged in their community. The team was thinking of scale and impact from the start and organizing their strategy, processes and team around that objective,” says Raya Papp, LGT Venture Philanthropy’s Co-Head for Asia Pacific, “Hilltribe Organics marks our 12th investment in Southeast Asia, and our fifth investment in Asia this year.”
“Hilltribe Organics presents a strong business model that provides a sustainable, significant income increase for some of the most disadvantaged groups in Thailand. We also see huge potential for this model to be replicated amongst other ethnic minority and disadvantaged communities in the region. We look forward to working with the management team during this exciting next phase of growth,” says Shuyin Tang, LGT Venture Philanthropy’s Investment Manager in Southeast Asia.
“We are pleased to have LGT Venture Philanthropy as a key investor at this crucial stage of Hilltribe Organics’ development. We believe we can benefit from LGT Venture Philanthropy’s global and regional experience in helping social businesses scale and deepen their impact,” says Markus Dietrich, Hilltribe Organics’ CEO.
Mark your calendars, because starting October 3, you will be able to find your favorite organic eggs at TOPS Supermarkets throughout Thailand!
Watch out on social media for our #TOPScountdown, as we get ready to to give organic shoppers the best eggs in Thailand.
One of Thailand’s best-known supermarkets for high quality organic shopping, TOPS has teamed up with Hilltribe Organics to make our all-natural and free range eggs available in over 60 stores across Thailand. Organic lovers across the country will be able to find us in stores in Bangkok, Pattaya, Surat Thani, Phuket, Koh Samui, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Kanchanaburi, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, Surin, Chachoengsao, Roi Et, Udon Thani, Ratchaburi, Chonburi, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani, and of course our home Chiang Rai.
While you’re browsing TOPS shelves for your pack of eggs, you will also notice something that we’re sure you’ll like: the new low price! Beginning October 1, the price of Hilltribe Organics eggs everywhere in Thailand comes down to 89 baht per pack of 10. Not only are they delicious, healthy, and socially conscious, but Hilltribe Organics eggs are affordable too!
As part of our effort to make sure we look after the environment in a sustainable way, Hilltribe Organics will also no longer use plastic packaging! From now on, only paper packs. This way, after eating your naturally perfect eggs, your many, many empty egg packs are all fully biodegradable.
And finally, the Hilltribe Organics label will get a beautiful new look at the start of October. You’ll be able to find the same great taste and health benefits behind a charming new image. Look out for the free-ranging hen and her organic egg, that’s us!
Don’t forget to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates about contests, events, prizes starting the first week of Hilltribe Organics eggs at TOPS!
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Since the second week of April Hilltribe Organics has proudly served its eggs through Villa Markets 31 grocery stores across Thailand. We have recently had great success working with Villa Market to sell our beyond organic eggs and are greatly thankful for their collaboration. Recently, this supermarket is in the process of opening a new store in the next few days on RAMA 9 in Bangkok for which we will be present for, please don’t hesitate to stop by and see us! For more information on the locations of their impressive 31 store please visit: http://www.villamarket.com/gb/store
It’s still early days for Hilltribe Organics, but a lot has been happening here on the hillsides of Chiang Rai. Our once tiny family of only a handful of hens has grown to include over three thousand happy chickens living as chickens were meant to: out in the fresh air, foraging for their meals.
For now, Hilltribe Organics is still a baby chick. Being such a young project, we spend each day working on all the ingredients that go into our two-phase system for raising chickens humanely and naturally.
In a single day we go between construction projects, tweaking feed recipes, developing natural alternatives to industrial farming techniques, nurturing pastures, and meeting farmers to turn the idea of Hilltribe Organics into a reality.
Unlike your typical industrial farm, we think young chickens deserve to be raised in natural sunlight, without synthetic additives and free of hormones and growth stimulants. To do that, we designed our own nursery from scratch on acres of open land, and put the final touches on this week!.
It took us a year’s worth of planning and organization to prepare our first farms. Now it only takes us an hour’s drive through the pristine hills of Wawi to arrive there from our nursery.
Thanks to our two-phase system, every chicken and every gram of feed at the farms is completely free of charge for the farmers. Here, we resolve any farm issues that have arisen with our very first farmers Asae, Logaw, Asaw, and Ayae, as we sit down to an Akha family lunch.
As always, our farmers and chickens find themselves hard at work on their pastures.
Nutrient-rich beyond organic eggs, made by happy chickens raised by happy farmers.
Updated 1st February 2014