There are two main types of social investment
1. Borrowing (debt)
Taking out a loan which you agree to repay over a set period of time. Most debt investments are paid back with interest - a fee you pay to the investor for the use of their money.
E.g. an investor loans your organisation £10,000 and you repay a total of £11,000 at £229 per month over 4 years.
2. Shares (equity)
Selling shares in your organisation to an investor. Equity investors receive a share of any profits paid out by the organisation and get to have a say in how the organisation is run.
E.g. an investor pays £10,000 to own 10% of your organisation.