The farip Foundation, based in Bern, is active in Tanzania. We “invest” in African innovations, but not by simply “supporting” them. In an initial phase, the foundation grants ‘à-fonds-perdu’ contributions to future companies. farip only invests in ideas that have not yet been tried in a comparable environment in the area of operation. As soon as it is clear in detail what impact a new company could have on poverty reduction, social development, the environment, the economy and income generation in the villages, farip invests in the first concrete steps of the project.