Category: Poverty and population

Investing in Children’s Nutrition in the BOP

By Kyla Springer A KeBAL street food vendor (Photos courtesy of Thatcher Cook/Mercy Corps) [This article was previously published at Mercy Corps’ Global Envision and NextBillion.  It is republished with thanks.] In the urban slums of Jakarta, young kids are getting enriched, healthy nutrition…

Sell At Least a Million

For many years I have been a vocal advocate for what I call the “Don’t Bother Trilogy” in the practice of design, which states:
1. If you haven’t had good conversations with at least 25 customers before you start 2. If the product or service you design doesn’t pay for itself three times in the first[…..]

Paga Receives Investments to Scale Money Transfer Service across Nigeria

Lagos, July 2, 2012 – Paga, Nigeria’s leading money transfer service launched in February 2011, today announced it has secured new investments from Adlevo Capital, Omidyar Network, Acumen Fund, Capricorn Investment Group, and current investors Goodwell West Africa Microfinance Development Company.
Paga’s mission is to deliver innovative and universal access to financial services for all Nigerians.[…..]

BASIX Krishi Increases Agricultural Productivity Of Smallholder Farmers in India


Innovative model offers affordable extension services for crops and livestock to smallholder farmers through a wide network of trained personnel.
Mumbai, India, May 11, 2012 – Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty in South Asia and across Africa, today announced an equity investment of INR 9 crores (~$2M) in BASIX Krishi Samruddhi[…..]

Water Challenges in Rural India

Sarvajal’s innovative business model makes clean, affordable drinking water accessible in rural India. In an ideal world, centralized utility systems pipeline affordable, drinkable water to every household in the rural Indian landscape. Reality, however, is different: building utilities is expensive…

High impact companies identified

Kopo Kopo provides back-office services that allow retailers in Kenya to accept payment for purchases by customers using their cellphones.  Biosense Technologies is a medical diagnostic company in India that has developed a non-invasive device, currently in clinical trials, that…