This profile was prepared when Christian Hiss was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Christian Hiss grew up on one of Germany's first organic farms adhering to the strictest of all eco-labels. Seeing first-hand the threat facing local small-scale agriculture, he is broadening the financial base of organic regional agriculture enterprises by defining their success not only in financial return, but also in environmental and social returns. As such, he is attracting investors who value a balanced investment across these three areas. Through his holding company, Regionalwert AG, Christian is reinvigorating regional economies by creating alternative flows of capital and value chains for small organic farmers and food producers. Regionalwert AG's plan is to spread throughout the Freeburg region, making shares even easier to access through new retail partners, and then to begin the nationwide sale of shares.
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