Category: Health

Impact investing scales rapidly in India

Sectors like microfinance institutions, financial inclusion and healthcare together received 82% of the investment. Photo: Mint Mumbai: Impact investing firms, which invest to deliver social benefits alongside financial returns, have put $1.6 billion (around Rs.9,600 crore) into India since 2000, mostly in…

Ten innovative social entrepreneurs in Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) recently announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Like the years before, the 10 finalists have been chosen for their practical, innovative solutions to local problems that are unique to the African continent. From South…

Social entrepreneurs flourish in Africa

  As perhaps the first-ever conference of social entrepreneurs in Africa, the Sankalp East Africa conference in Nairobi in February did not disappoint. The conference, organized by Intellecap, a leading Indian company in social enterprise, featured twelve entrepreneurs from Africa…

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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Affordable health insurance paid via M-Pesa

Access to healthcare remains a huge problem in most parts of Africa. In Kenya, the number could be as high as 38.8-million people — 97% of the 43.18-million population — that don’t have access to health insurance. Conversely, 23-million people in Kenya, 74% of the population, use mobile money. Now Kenya’s largest mobile operator, Safaricom, […]

Health Care by Subscription in India

Despite great improvements in recent years, a lack of affordable, quality medical care remains a significant challenge in modern India.  Currently, India lags behind many other developing countries in providing healthcare.  Total yearly healthcare spending is $132 per capita in…

A New Investment in India: Asian Health Alliance

Acumen today announced a INR 43 Million/$750,000 equity investment in Asian Health Alliance, a company that owns and operates  affordable and high quality medical diagnostic facilities in low income semi-urban areas and rural areas across Karnataka under the brand name Asian Health Meter (AHM) at prices which are significantly lower than large, metro centric diagnostic […]

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The Best and the Brightest

Since its inception a few years ago, the Unreasonable Institute has diligently encouraged ground-breaking and even disruptive business models as a means of finding solutions to poverty around the globe. With its ‘class of 2013,’ UI has learned from its…

Ziqitza Health Care wins Social Impact Award

A huge congratulations to one of our early investments, Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL)! The Indian ambulance company was recently awarded the Times of India Social Impact Award.

The Times of India Social Impact Awards recognize nonprofits and companies that are working to improve education, healthcare and economic empowerment throughout India. The finalists were selected by[…..]

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…