Improving the lives of low-income families through access to quality, affordable housing.

Over one billion people live in slums, making up over a third of the world’s urban population. Inadequate housing affects health and personal security, but it is also part of a socioeconomic trap that limits the ability of people to increase income, improve education, or participate in formal systems through which they might access better housing and employment.

Acumen has been investing in affordable housing solutions since 2002. The portfolio invests in sustainable, scalable enterprises that focus on both supply and financing for housing, and on broader financial innovations that provide economic access to the poor. Examples include housing for low-income squatters, micro-lending for women, and formalizing land rights for the poor.

It’s more than just shelter

It’s about dignity

The housing portfolio invests in sustainable, scalable enterprises that focus on both supply and financing for housing.

2.1

Million Lives Impacted

With dignity not dependence

3300

Jobs created & supported

improving livelihoods and economies

$8.4

Million invested

in breakthrough innovations

9

Companies

Providing choice not charity

Why housing?

Inadequate housing poses a challenge when it comes to health, personal security, and meeting basic needs. It also is part of a larger socioeconomic trap that often creates deep pockets of populations that are unable to access basic services, increase their income, improve education, or participate in formal systems through which they might access better opportunities. Often, this social group faces day-to-day decisions that carry inherently more risk than for those who have secure shelter or the assurance of having a legal right to the land on which they live. It’s about more than just shelter – it’s about dignity.

Client from Ashaiman