Category: Social entrepreneurship

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…

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…

Water and guns for good

The Motley Fool recently had an opportunity to chat with social entrepreneur Peter Thum. Thum is the founder of Ethos Water, which was sold to Starbucks in 2005. He also co-founded Fonderie 47, an organization that takes assault rifles from…

Social impact fund to raise $400m

  MUMBAI: Aavishkar, the country’s biggest social entrepreneurship-focused venture capital fund, is set to raise $400 million (Rs 2,500 crore) in 2015. This would be the biggest amount raised by any fund focusing on the social sector or impact investing in the…

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…

Investment in Ugandan solar company

Acumen is pleased to announce a $1.4 million investment in SolarNow, a company that sells and finances solar home systems in Uganda. We sat down with Shuaib Siddiqui, Acumen’s Portfolio Director to learn more about the deal and why he’s…

Indian organic fertilizer company

Chilasa Venture Philanthropy, a pioneer in supporting micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) through its investment ecosystem, today announced an investment in GloTech Organics Pvt Ltd, an Indian agricultural product manufacturer specialising in neem and seaweed based organic fertilisers. The United…

Mentorship for young African entrepreneurs

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and Ugandan multi-millionaire tycoon Ashish J. Thakkar, on Friday officially launched Mara Mentor, an African multi-lingual online portal and mobile App for youth mentorship and entrepreneurship, in Ghana, as part of his government’s efforts in cultivating…

Opes invests in Indian start-up Boond

Cleantech start-up Boond Engineering & Development has raised an undisclosed amount of investment in its Series A round led by Opes Impact fund. Two members of the Ennovent Circle – Rianta Capital and Sumantra Roy also participated in this round.…