We can’t be disruptive in Africa unless we have people who see the world differently and who aren’t scared to show it. We’re extremely proud of the unbelievable people who have joined us, and continue to join us on this incredible journey.
We believe if we invest in people, through opportunity, they will create positive returns for themselves, their families, and the world at large.
We also believe that businesses can be a powerful force for good. Pierre Omidyar experienced this first-hand as the founder of eBay. Just as eBay created the opportunity for millions of people to start their own businesses, we believe market forces can be a potent driver for positive social change. That’s why we invest in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organisations, whose complementary roles can advance entire sectors.
Quona (In Partnership with Accion)
Quona was formed with a simple idea: technology has the power to radically improve the quality, access and affordability of financial services for underserved consumers in emerging markets. We invest in disruptive innovations to create a more financially inclusive world.
Quona Capital was incubated as an impact investment manager within Accion International, a global leader in microfinance with more than five decades of investing and operating experience in emerging markets. Formerly operating as Accion’s Frontier Investments Group, Quona’s strategic relationship with Accion is key to the differentiated value we bring as investors.
Accion’s impact investing initiatives have catalysed more than 30 innovative start-ups dedicated to improving the efficiency, reach and scope of financial services for the underserved. Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion is helping to build a stronger financial industry with high standards. Accion’s current work spans nearly two dozen countries, including the U.S., where they are the nation’s largest non-profit microfinance network.
The International Finance Corporation
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.
We utilize and leverage our products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customized to meet clients’ needs. We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and political challenges.
Clients view IFC as a provider and mobilizer of scarce capital, knowledge, and long-term partnerships that can help address critical constraints in areas such as finance, infrastructure, employee skills, and the regulatory environment.
The Lundin Foundation
The Lundin Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Canada, with regional offices in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya. We’re supported through contributions from the Lundin Group Companies, Global Affairs Canada, and private donors.
The Lundin Foundation works in partnership with contributing partners to design and implement strategic initiatives that create lasting benefits in the form of employment, income improvements, regional economic development, and governance capacity.
Since 2005, the Foundation has established a strong track record in identifying and supporting the growth of high potential and scalable innovations targeted at households living at or near the bottom of the economic pyramid.
4Di Capital is an independent early-stage technology venture capital firm based in South Africa’s “Silicon Cape”.
Nurture capital is the term that best describes 4Di Capital’s purpose and philosophy. We understand that in the early days of any business, support, mentoring and access to networks is just as important as seed capital.
Using tried and tested international venture capital best practices, adapted for local use, we believe in agile entrepreneur-friendly finance without frills, and in working as a team with our investees to achieve their true potential.
Sarona’s objective is to deliver capital to entrepreneurs in under-served markets and help them develop their companies and communities. We directly focus on profitable and sustainable growth in emerging markets.
Our three pillars are; private Investment in emerging markets, creating strong financial returns, and delivering long-term ethical, social, and environmental value.
MicroVest Purposeful Investing
MicroVest invests in under-bank markets, thus providing access to financial services for rising middle-class communities around the world.
MicroVest manages a family of funds that seeks to provide private capital to financial institutions, that in turn, invest in entrepreneurs in developing communities. As of September 2016, the institutions of the MicroVest portfolio served 13 million micro, small and medium sized business and individuals, the main objective being to reduce poverty on a global scale by applying a commercial framework to investing in under-banked markets.
The Blue Haven Initiative
Blue Haven Initiative is an innovative family office dedicated to putting wealth to work for competitive returns and positive social change.
Blue Haven seeks to put capital to work in highly productive ways by helping purpose-driven projects and organisations achieve scale, supporting entrepreneurs whose innovations spur change, as well as by partnering with other investors to accelerate economic progress.
The world’s leading crowd-lending platform.
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
FSD Africa is a 30 million Euro Financial Sector Development programme based in Nairobi.
FSD is funded by the UK government. Their aims are to reduce poverty across Sub-Saharan Africa by building financial markets that are efficient, robust and inclusive.
Rippleworks pairs top businesses and technology with innovative, rapidly growing, sound ventures around the world. Their aims are to match expertise with purpose.