Category: Poverty and population

Upward mobility for the ultrapoor

CreditZakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images There’s poor, and then there’s ultrapoor. The ultrapoor are almost always women and largely found in Africa, South Asia and to a lesser extent, parts of Latin America. They are most often rural.…

Interview with pioneer impact investor

Eric Savage is a Duke and Harvard-educated American investment banker who chose to leave a high-flying career with Citigroup in Hong Kong to come to Bengaluru in 2008. Here he launched Unitus Capital, a firm that specialises in helping social…

Saving forests and creating jobs

Sanga Moses stands in the Kasokoso squatter’s neighborhood in Uganda, one of the areas where he has set up his enterprise selling eco-friendly fuel. PHOTOGRAPH BY JON LOWENSTEIN/NOOR VIA REDUX A member of National Geographic’s newest class of Emerging Explorers, and…

Companies doing Unreasonable good

As a most unusual meet-up of investors and entrepreneurs, it could have been called “Doing Good Meets Business Discipline” or maybe “Non-profit Goes For-Profit.” With uncharacteristic understatement, the event sponsor, Unreasonable Institute, of Boulder, CO, chose to call it merely…

Rlabs helps youth through tech

Social entrepreneurship is becoming a key point of development for African entrepreneurs. In this, our sixth instalment of our “Built in Africa” series, we feature Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs), a South African-based social entrepreneurship project aimed at bringing hope through technology education.…

Water scarcity creates needs for investment

Interview with Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte From Fortune Brainstorm Green to SXSW Eco and beyond, Will Sarni is one of world’s most sought-after speakers on global water and sustainability issues — and with good reason. Author of Corporate Water…

Announcing a new investment: Miliki Afya

Acumen is pleased to announce a  $600,000 equity investment in Miliki Afya Ltd., a company that aims to create a chain of clinics that offer high quality, low cost, outpatient care and diagnostics in low income, densely populated areas in Kenya. An estimated 18 million Kenyans are in need of primary healthcare across urban, peri-urban […]

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Investing for Impact in India

    Vipul Prakash, an angel investor in India, shares his thoughts Impact investing, that is investments made into companies with the intention to generate social, environmental and financial returns, has been picking up pace in India in the last…