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Innovations That Allow our Social Investment Funds to Catalyze More Impact

Global Partnerships' Investors Report for Q3 2013Since the launch of Global Partnerships’ (GP) first social investment fund in 2005, we have provided debt financing to social enterprises with the objective of expanding already-proven solutions that help people living in poverty increase their incomes and improve their lives. Two examples of this approach are scaling access to microcredit for underserved entrepreneurs and pre-harvest finance for smallholder farmers.

Yet, our team is increasingly discovering business models that have potential to create significant impact in the lives of the poor, but have not reached sustainability, or represent levels of risk our social investment funds aren’t designed to absorb.

However, as a mission-led nonprofit impact investor, we are working hard to be catalytic with all of our capital. This means becoming creative with credit enhancement as well as building our capacity to deploy all types of capital to meet our partners’ needs.

In our latest Investors Report:     

  • Our Chief Investment and Operating Officer, Mark Coffey, highlights specific capital enhancements, and different types of capital, that we're using to catalyze impact (read here).
  • We introduce MiCrédito, a new partner in Nicaragua with whom we're working to connect rural families to solar lights (read here).
  • We provide updates on our social investment funds' performance (read here).


Blog Tags: investors report   MiCredito      solar lights   solar technology   

A MiCrédito client peels beans by the light of a solar lamp.
A MiCrédito client is able to extend her day and continue working after sunset, thanks to a solar-powered light. © Global Partnerships.

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