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Seen & Heard – What You Might Be Missing

What’s New at Acumen?

  • Acumen welcomed 3 new classes of Regional Fellows in Pakistan, India, and East Africa
  • +Acumen launched its second course on Human Centered Design and its first course on Social Impact (registration is open until May 11th!)

More Recent Highlights

  • Karuna discusses Acumen’s investments in low-income housing space in India on the Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal
  • Global Post and Ideapod feature Jacqueline’s One on One interview about Dignity
  • Sasha wrote “Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop” on Harvard Business Review Blog
  • Acumen made its first investment in Rwanda, investing $1.2million in KZ Noir, a specialty coffee producer.
  • Acumen made a $600,000 investment in Miliki Afya, a clinic chain that serves the poor in Kenya
  • Acumen made its first investment in Ethiopia, investing in Mekelle Farms, Ethiopia’s largest producer of day-old chicks
  • Jacqueline contributed to a series on “How to Thrive” on Huffington Post
  • Forbes journalist Denise Restauri interviewed 3 of the 2013 Global Fellows to answer the question “How do we lead with dignity?” in The 9 Keys to Leading with Dignity
  • Jacqueline talks about the marriage of love & power in Origin Magazine

Impact Investing in the News

  • “Venture Philanthropy in Development,” Philanthropy News
  • “Corporate Philanthropy: It is no longer about charity (nor should it be)” Corporate Philanthropy
  • “The Financial and Social Value of Impact Sourcing,” Rockefeller Foundation

Other Relevant Articles

Jobs

Jobs at Acumen

  • Business Development Professionals – London, NY, SF
  • Director of marketing and Communications -NY
  • Pakistan Portfolio Manager – Pakistan
  • Post Investment Manager -NY

Other Jobs – Do you know people in the job market? Tell them about these other opportunities:

  • New Country Scout, One Acre Fund
  • Director of Sales Innovation, Living Goods
  • Grant Writer, Sanergy
  • CFO, Calvert Foundation
  • Summer Associate, I-Dev International

For more job postings, check out NextBillion’s Career CenterANDE’s Jobs in the NetworkGIIN’s Job BoardSocialEdge Job Listings, and this great list of Fellowships

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In the last decade, solar lanterns have emerged as a clean, cost-effective solution to provide access to modern energy to the 1.2 billion people currently living off-grid. These small, portable and rechargeable lights fulfill an immediate need for the poor and, as a result, have become increasingly widespread in countries across Africa, South Asia and beyond. They are affordable, easy to use and require little maintenance. And for families who’ve become accustomed to life stopping when the sun sets, a solar lantern can mean hours of light to enjoy dinner together, do homework for class tomorrow, or keep a business open a little later. [Read More]