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ACCION


United States of America

Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with economic opportunity for all by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. We are building the next generation of top tier microfinance institutions and over more than 50 years have helped build 65 such institutions in 32 countries on four continents that today reach millions of clients. Our impact investing initiatives are pushing beyond microfinance to catalyze more than 30 innovative start ups dedicated to improving the efficiency reach and scope of financial services for the poor. And our Center for Financial Inclusion is helping to build a stronger industry with high standards and broad engagement. Currently our work spans nearly two dozen countries including the U.S. where we are the nation s largest nonprofit microfinance network.

Type: Geography: Global Impact: Access to Financial Services

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ALTERFIN


Belgium

Alterfin invests in microcredit institutions and associations of fair trade producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The cooperative society Alterfin was founded in 1994 and is a form of cooperation between North South organisations, financial institutions, social organisations, some companies and over 5,000 private individuals.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Asia Impact:

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Bamboo Finance


Colombia

Bamboo Finance is a commercial investment firm managing 250M USD representing a unique portfolio of direct investments around the world with offices in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, San Francisco,and Singapore. Bamboo specializes in the financing of entrepreneurship globally. They use a market-oriented approach to deliver social value environmental value and financial returns to investors.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Asia Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Bank of America Capital Access Funds Management


United States of America

BAML Capital Access Funds is an experienced market-based, returns-driven private equity fund of funds manager and advisor focused on meeting the targeted mandates of large public pension funds, endowments and other institutional investors. BAML Capital Access Funds has managed and advised on over $1.5* billion of capital for institutional investors across multiple, customized mandates since 2002.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Europe Impact: Access to Financial Services

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BlueOrchard


Switzerland

BlueOrchard empowers the poor worldwide and improves their quality of life by enabling them to participate in income-generating activities. BlueOrchard achieves this by developing and managing innovative and attractive financial products and services that invest in microfinance institutions who support millions of promising small enterprises in low-income regions worldwide.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Europe Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Calvert Foundation


United States of America

Calvert Foundation shows what is possible in high-impact investing by connecting capital from everyday individuals to under-resourced communities. Since 1995, more than 13,500 Calvert Foundation investors have invested roughly $800 million through their Community Investment Note, facilitating the creation of thousands of jobs, classroom seats, affordable homes, and critical services in the U.S. and around the world.

Type: Foundation Geography: Africa Impact:

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Community Reinvestment Fund


United States of America

Community Reinvestment Fund delivers the capital needed to transform struggling neighbourhoods into thriving communities. Together with their lending partners, they finance America's small businesses, increase jobs, improve housing, and help those who need it most.

Type: Foundation Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Education

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Core Innovation Capital


United States of America

Core Innovation Capital invests in the most innovative companies serving underbanked consumers in America. They are passionate about financial services that meaningfully improve the lives of underserved people. They focus on early growth-stage for-profit companies whose management shares their vision that scalable, technology-driven solutions focused on delivering the highest value to underbanked people can create great businesses and strengthen the American middle class.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Craft3


United States

Craft3 is a certified nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) established in 1994 to support economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. Craft3 lends capital and provides expertise to people who do not normally have access to financing. It is a regional institution that supports long-term, place-based strategies that link rural and urban communities in the region. Craft3 manages over $166 million in total assets available for investing in high-impact initiatives. Craft3 is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors representing the communities and people it serves and 49 staff members deliver expert services from offices in Astoria, Portland, OR and Ilwaco, Port Angeles/Port Townsend and Seattle, WA. Over the next 5 years it will expand to another 3-5 offices throughout Oregon and Washington.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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DBL Investors


United States

DBL Investors uses venture capital to accelerate innovation in a way that positively impacts an organization’s social ecosystem as well as its financial success. They invest in and help nurture outstanding entrepreneurs and companies in Cleantech, Information Technology, Health Care, and Sustainability-Oriented Products and Services.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Education

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EcoEnterprises Fund


Costa Rica

For over a decade, EcoEnterprises Fund has pioneered investing in small businesses which protect threatened ecosystems while bringing much‐needed income to local communities. With a focus on expanding sectors, such as organic agriculture, aquaculture, ecotourism, sustainable forestry, and non-timber forest products, the Fund provides growth capital concurrent with an engaged value-added approach to enable companies to achieve scale and results. Founded under the umbrella of The Nature Conservancy, EcoEnterprises Fund became an independent investment manager in 2010 with the launch of its second fund, EcoEnterprises Partners II, L.P. To date, the Fund has financed 30 sustainable companies in 11 countries. Collectively, these investments generated solid impacts – 4,439 jobs created; 300 community groups benefited; 20,767 small producers involved; half a billion dollars in sales reached, and 7 million acres of land conserved. In late 2016, EcoEnterprises Fund will again build upon its track record and strong portfolio management with a third fund. EcoEnterprises Fund continues to lead the way in the impact investing industry by replicating success and mainstreaming its approach. In doing so, the Fund transforms the thinking of how businesses are sustainably advancing environmental and social objectives through the preserving the most important asset, planet Earth.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Capacity Building

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Ecosystem Integrity Fund


United States of America

The EIF takes a systems-based approach to sustainability investment, primarily investing in more capital-efficient opportunities than the typical clean technology fund. They seek out niches within “cleantech” that have not received the investor attention they deserve – this results in better investment opportunities, and greater impact with less capital. According to them small venture funds are better aligned with client interests, and ensure a more disciplined approach to investment.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: United States of America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Ecotrust Forest Management


A forestland investment management and advisory services company. They manage land on behalf of investors and forestland owners to enhance forest health and productivity, and to produce a diverse array of forest products and services including timber, biomass, carbon, and improved habitat and water quality.

Type: Investor Network Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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Elevar Equity


India

Elevar Equity is a thesis based investor focused on generating outstanding investment returns by delivering essential services to disconnected communities underserved by global networks. They back entrepreneurs who deliver innovative market-based solutions that provide valued services to millions of customers. Their entrepreneurs have clear vision, deep customer knowledge and know how to harness market forces to build lasting companies and foster economic development.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Asia Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Farmland LP


United States of America

Farmland LP acquires conventional farmland and converts it to organic, sustainable farmland. They provide investors with access to this unique asset class, which has proven to deliver inflation-protected returns over long periods of time. Farmland LP adds value to farmland by converting it to certified organic farmland, thus gaining access to the 50% to 200% price premium for organic goods. In addition, they lower the costs for farmers by using sustainable agriculture land management best practices, which are proven to reduce the need for and cost of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and seeds, while also increasing the productivity of the land. Thus, they are able to fulfill their mission of delivering solid returns to their investors while helping build a sustainable, healthy, local food system for the future.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Northern America Impact: Agricultural Productivity

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Global Partnerships


United States of America

Founded in 1994, they pioneer and invest in sustainable solutions that help impoverished people earn a living and improve their lives. Since their inception, Global Partnerships has made $125.1 million investments in 72 partner organizations who now bring sustainable solutions that help their clients save time & money, increase productivity, access affordable healthcare, and earn a stable income.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact:

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Grameen Foundation USA


Colombia

Grameen Foundation helps the world's poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty by providing them with access to small loans, essential information, and viable business opportunities. Through two of the most effective tools known – small loans and the mobile phone – they work to make a real difference in the lives of those who have been left behind. They create economic opportunities for the world’s poorest, build large-scale, easy-to-replicate solutions to end the cycle of poverty in developing countries around the world and lead the industry in measuring impact and delivering results.

Type: Foundation Geography: Africa Impact:

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Grassroots Business Fund


United States

GBF delivers a distinctive blend of investment capital and business advisory services through two main vehicles working together: a private investment fund and a non-profit organization. Through the fund, GBF makes equity, mezzanine equity, mezzanine debt, and straight debt investments. These customized investment structures ensure that GBF’s investment performance aligns with the businesses’ performance. The fund delivers a form of capital suitable for long-term investment in businesses servicing low income communities.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Incofin


Belgium

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) manages funds that invest in microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries. MFIs provide financial services, such as credits, savings and insurances, to people who cannot have recourse to regular banks. As a specialist in rural microfinancing, Incofin IM’s main goal is to reach out to people who live in more secluded rural areas and/or who are active in the agricultural sector.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Insitor Management


Cambodia

Insitor Management is an impact investment firm with operational headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and offices in New Delhi, India and Yangon, Myanmar. It invests in companies operating in access to energy, water, housing, health, and education in Southeast Asia and India. Insitor Management is the investment advisor of Insitor Seed Fund and Insitor Impact Fund, an investment company organized into two sub-funds: Insitor Poverty Alleviation Fund and Insitor Energy Access Fund. The Insitor Management team has extensive operational experience with early-stage businesses in Developing Asia and brings expertise as entrepreneurs, strategy consultants, and finance professionals. As a 100% locally-based management team, it takes an active role in supporting its entrepreneurs and growing its companies.

Type: Investor Network Geography: Asia Impact: Community Development

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Investisseurs & Partenaires


Cameroon

Investisseurs & Partenaires (I & P) is a family of investment funds created in 2002 by Patrice Hopenot and directed and 2011 by Jean-Michel Severino. I & P supports the development of African SMEs (including microfinance institutions) through a strategic and financial partnership. These companies are of crucial importance to development in Africa, as they produce social, environmental and governance.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC


United States of America

Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC (IVF) was formed in 2007 in Illinois as the first private equity company in the United States to connect socially responsible investors directly with local and organic farmland. Offering a unique opportunity to benefit from the growing business of producing healthy and nutritious foods, the company now owns over 800 acres of Midwestern farmland purchased during its first six years of operations Iroquois Valley Farms was certified as a B Corporation in 2012 and is listed on various impact investing networks, including Impact Base (Global Impact Investing Network) and Impact Assets, where it has been chosen for inclusion in the IA50 2012. While past performance is no guarantee of future results, investors that have provided patient capital have been well rewarded.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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LeapFrog Investments


South Africa

LeapFrog Investments is a specialist investor in emerging markets, seeking the growth opportunity presented by two billion emerging consumers in Africa and Asia. LeapFrog’s portfolio companies currently provide insurance, savings and pensions products to over 51 million people across 21 markets including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and The Philippines. LeapFrog uses a profit-with-purpose approach to investing, recognising its ability to generate strong results and change many lives. LeapFrog has unlocked over a billion dollars of investment from leading global institutions that share this vision.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Eastern Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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LIVING CITIES


United States of America

Living Cities is a philanthropic collaborative that harnesses the collective power of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities where they live.

Type: Investor Network Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Lyme Timber Company


United States of America

The Lyme Timber Company LP is a private timberland investment management organization (TIMO) that focuses on the acquisition and sustainable management of lands with unique conservation values. The Company has followed a disciplined and value oriented approach to investing in forestland and rural real estate.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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Media Development Investment Fund


United States of America

MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news information and debate that people need to build free thriving societies. From 1996 to December 31 2016 MDIF provided more than $160.3 million in affordable financing including$143 million in loans and equity investments $16.7 million in technical assistance and other grants earned over $41.8 million in interest dividends and capital gains collected more than $68.6 million in recovered principal invested $0.6 million through Digital Kiosk the secure payment service for independent media.MDIF has invested in 111 clients and 344 projects across 39 countries writing off 9.5% of the total loaned and invested. MDIF has returned more than $38.9 million to investors. It ended December 30 2016 with a portfolio of $59.6 million in outstanding loans and investments.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Information

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Medical Credit Fund


Netherlands

The Medical Credit Fund was established as a not-for-profit foundation under Netherlands' law in 2009 by PharmAccess International. PharmAccess is a Dutch NGO working towards improving health in Africa in cooperation with private and public financiers through insurance (Health Insurance Fund), loans to doctors (Medical Credit Fund), clinical standards and quality improvements (SafeCare), private investments (Investment Fund for Health in Africa) and operational research (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development). The Medical Credit Fund (MCF) supports private healthcare facilities in Africa obtaining capital to strengthen and upgrade their operations in order to enhance access to affordable quality healthcare.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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MicroVest


United States of America

MicroVest Capital Management, LLC is a private, for-profit investment adviser dedicated to reducing global poverty by applying a commercial framework to investing. MicroVest seeks sustainable solutions to poverty by facilitating the flow of international private capital to low-income financial institutions.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Oikocredit USA


United States of America

Oikocredit is a worldwide financial cooperative that promotes global justice by empowering disadvantaged people with credit. As a social investor, Oikocredit's work is guided by the principle of empowering people to improve their livelihoods. Oikocredit offers a triple return to its investors: social, environmental and financial. In addition to earning a modest return, investors are secure in the knowledge that their money is being used to improve livelihoods, promote fair trade and respect the planet's natural resources.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: United States of America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Pacific Community Ventures


US

Pacific Community Ventures works to create jobs and economic opportunity for working people in underserved communities. Pacific Community Ventures achieve their mission through small business loans impact investing policy free business advising and consulting.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Renewal Funds


Canada

Renewal Funds provides an opportunity for investors to participate in the development of business at the forefront of social and environmental innovation.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Income/Productivity Growth

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responsAbility Social Investments AG


CH

responsAbility use investments to empower people at the base of the global income pyramid. They help them realize their economic potential by giving them access to markets information and other services important for their development from which they were previously excluded. responsAbility offers financing to businesses and initiatives in developing countries and emerging markets adapted to their needs and circumstances.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact:

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Root Capital


United States of America

A social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Root Capital seeks to maximize the positive social and environmental impact of their work through a three-pronged strategy: finance, advise, and catalyze.

Type: Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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RSF Social Finance


United States of America

Founded in 1936 as the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, RSF Social Finance began making loans to Steiner-inspired organizations in 1984. In the late 1990s, RSF’s mission expanded to serve a broader range of clients whose intentions and values are compatible with Steiner’s insights on associative economics and social renewal. Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans and over $100 million in grants, placing them in the top tier of social finance organizations worldwide. Their risk management practices have resulted in an extremely low default rate and leverage ratio. For 30 years, They have consistently provided a positive return on investment for their clients.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact:

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Sarona Asset Management


Netherlands

Sarona is an independent private investment firm, deploying growth capital to expansion-stage companies in Frontier and Emerging Markets. Through our primary strategy of investing in local funds, we seek to help companies grow while promoting positive ethical, social and environmental values. We select only those local managers who are able to demonstrate that they add real strategic and operational value to the companies they invest in. With the right partners and strategy, growing successful and profitable companies can have a significant developmental impact. This is what drives us: building a diversified portfolio to deliver Growth that Matters. Sarona’s activities rest on three pillars: 1. Private investments in Frontier and Emerging Markets 2. Strong financial returns 3. Ethical, social and environmental values

Type: Fund of Funds Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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Shared Interest


United States of America

Shared Interest works as a catalyst for social and economic change in South Africa. Since thier inception in 1994, they have used loan guarantees to bridge the gap between South African banks and marginalized people, previously considered “unbankable” during apartheid.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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SJF Ventures


United States of America

SJF Ventures is a venture capital partnership with offices in Durham, NC, New York and San Francisco. Through its investment funds, the firm provides equity financings from $1MM to $10MM, solo or in syndicates, to companies seeking growth capital. As a venture fund, SJF Ventures focuses on the resource efficiency, sustainability and technology-enhanced services sectors. Representative investment areas include efficiency and infrastructure, asset recovery including reuse and recycling, sustainable agriculture and food safety, health and wellness technology, education technology and digital media and marketing services.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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Small Enterprise Assistance Funds


US

SEAF is an SEC registered investment adviser of international private equity funds through which it invests growth capital and provides business support to growth-oriented small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") in frontier and emerging markets. With assets under management ("AUM") of USD 435 million, SEAF's funds support promising entrepreneurs while seeking to provide returns to investors and also produce significant social, environmental, and governance benefits for local communities. SEAF manages its funds through a network of 22 offices around the world, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Symbiotics Group


Switzerland

Sees microfinance as emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance for micro-, small and medium enterprises and low income households. By investing in microfinance, Symbiotics Group invests in the democratization of access to capital. Their services currently reach out to 436,873 enterprises and households.

Type: Investor Network Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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TreeTops Capital


United States of America

The Treetops team shares a common vision that achieving commercial returns and investing sustainably are not incongruous, but rather complementary. Where there is a large social or environmental need – whether it is access to finance for small businesses, or need for affordable, energy-efficient housing - there is the potential to make both financial returns and a sustainable impact.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Financial Services

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Triodos Investment Management BV


Netherlands

Triodos Investment Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triodos Bank, manages 18 sustainable investment funds, with a total value of EUR 2.5 billion at year-end 2013. The funds span a broad range of sectors including Energy and Climate, Emerging Markets, Arts and Culture and Sustainable Real Estate. They include some funds open to private investors and others suitable for institutions, charitable foundations, family offices and private wealth managers.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Access to Education

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Unitus Impact


United States of America

Unitus Impact is a venture capital firm investing in scalable businesses that improve the livelihoods of the working poor in Asia’s fastest growing economies. They focus on early-stage companies in India and Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia and Vietnam) – some of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets – largely overlooked by private investors

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Asia Impact: Income/Productivity Growth

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Vital Capital


Switzerland

Vital Capital Fund is a $350 million private equity fund created to align with the principles of Impact Investing. Vital was born out of a vision to enhance the quality of life of communities and families in developing African nations, while simultaneously delivering attractive returns to investors – ‘doing well’ AND ‘doing good’. With its first close in early 2011, Vital became one of the largest Impact Investing funds in the world.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Africa Impact: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

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Vox Capital


Brazil

Vox capital focuses its investment on businesses at early stages of development whose products or services cater to Brazil's low-income clients with profound, positive social impact with skilled and highly motivated entrepreneurs. They give preference to business models in the fields of education, health and housing, in addition to micro-finance and technology.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Northern America Impact: Access to Education

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