Acumen started as an idea. Now our investments have impacted over 100 million people.

From banks in rural Pakistan supporting low-income farmers to ambulances in Mumbai with a mandate to “serve all” regardless of income, our companies are solving some of the world’s toughest social problems.

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Regions Sectors

Latin America

More than 80 million people live on $4 a day and another 200 million risk being pulled back into poverty due to factors like economic shocks and climate change.

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West Africa

The wealth that has been generated in West Africa has not trickled down to the lowest-income households in the region. 75% of West Africans still live on less than $2 per day.

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East Africa

More than 75% of East Africa’s population lives in rural areas, the majority of whom are smallholder farmers living on less than $2 a day.

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While Pakistan has experienced rapid economic development, 66% of Pakistan’s 170 million people live on less than $2 a day.

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76% of India’s 1.2 billion people live on less than two dollars a day.

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Worldwide, as many as 800 million of the extremely poor live in rural areas, and most of them are smallholder farmers.

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Hippocampus Education


Currently, 70% of all children not in school globally are in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In India alone, 140 million children lack access to education.

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Acumen’s Energy Portfolio supports solutions that are closing the gap in access to clean, safe, and affordable electricity faced by 1.5 billion people.

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1298 Health


Acumen’s health investments seek to reduce costs and increase access to a wide-range of previously unavailable products and services for the world’s poor.

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AMC Pakistan Housing


Slum-dwellers make up over a third of the world’s urban population — over 1 billion people. Acumen has been investing in affordable housing solutions since 2002.

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Water Fellows


Worldwide, more than 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities, and hygiene. Water-related diseases cause millions of deaths each year.

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Patient capital that dares to go where markets have failed and aid has fallen short

As a non-profit, we raise charitable donations that allow us to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers.

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Investment Performance

Creating catalytic and financially sustainable enterprises

Our investment approach helps prove new business models, attracts new investment capital, and helps catalyze new markets that serve the poor. Financial returns generated from our investments are recycled back into Acumen.


Exited Companies

from our portfolio


Leverage in follow-on capital

or co- investment for every $1 donated


Million Cash Returned

To Acumen from our investments


Million in follow-on

and co-investment capital raised

Driving Social Change

Achieving large-scale social impact is the objective of every investment we make. Knowing whether and how our companies are creating this impact is the challenge.

We don’t believe that measuring “number of customers served” is enough. To build lasting, sustainable solutions to poverty, we need real data on whether our companies are serving the poor—we call this “poverty focus.” We also need to understand the “depth of impact” a given product or service has on people’s lives, so we can learn what products and services are most meaningful to them.

This is why we measure impact across three dimensions: breadth, depth and poverty focus.

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