Category: Needs of developing countries

Impact funds in India

While there are many tech startups in India targetting the urban population, there are some impacting the lives of the rest 80 per cent Out of the total 1.3 billion population in India, around 80 per cent are living in…

Smallholder farmers helped in Kenya

In this guest post, Nat Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Juhudi Kilimo highlights three innovative Kenyan start-ups, from solar pumps to credit companies that are helping to change the lives of  rural farmers for the better.   Joseph Omwega is…

Powering Africa

There is a direct correlation between economic growth and electricity supply. If sub-Saharan Africa is to fulfill its promise, it needs power—and lots of it. February 2015 | byAntonio Castellano, Adam Kendall, Mikhail Nikomarov, and Tarryn Swemmer Sub-Saharan Africa is…

Acumen invests in access to finance

Acumen announces its new investment in First Access, a data analytics company improving access to formal financial services for low-income East African communities. In East Africa, only 22 percent of the population has access to formal financial services with the…

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…

Esoko investment connects farmers to markets

Acumen and the Lundin Foundation today announced a $1.5 million aggregate equity and debt investment in Esoko Networks Limited (“Esoko”), a Ghanaian-built technology platform that connects African farmers to markets via mobile phones. The platform allows various stakeholders, from agri-business,…

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…

In India, latrines are lifesavers

Chandramani Jani in front of a public awareness mural about toilets and sanitation by her home in Chakarliguda.  Credit Vivekananda Nemana The mural on the wall outside of Chandramani Jani’s home is more message than art. It depicts a sari-clad woman…

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…