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How Carbon Credits are Driving Down the Costs of Climate-Friendly Goods in Africa

May 15, 2023

When used responsibly, carbon finance is one way that wealthier nations, companies, and individuals can fund access to climate-friendly goods and services that people in poverty could not otherwise afford.
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New Investment: CropSafe's Innovative Grain-Drying Method Increases Farmer Incomes

May 04, 2023

Acumen has invested in CropSafe — a social enterprise supporting smallholder farmers by minimizing post-harvest losses and providing access to local and international markets. This is Acumen’s first investment under our partnership with the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment, managed by the Palladium Group, Randstad and VSO, and funded by the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The fund’s mandate is to improve the livelihoods and resilience...
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Lessons from Investing in Cookstoves, Acumen’s Most Profitable and Impactful Sub-Sector

April 17, 2023

Acumen, in partnership with Loughborough University under the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) program, which is funded by the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), announced the release of a new report—Recipe for Success: Lessons from Acumen’s Cookstoves Investments. The last decade has seen the beginnings of a revolution in cooking for people in poverty. Ever since the fuel crises of the 1970s,...
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Outgrowing the Flower Pot: Why Just Selling Productive Equipment to Smallholder Farmers is Not Enough

March 22, 2023

Creating economic impact takes more than just technology. It takes solutions providing market access with productive equipment for smallholder farmers.
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May 25, 2023

By Paraag Sabhlok, Associate Director, Portfolio; Coco Lim, Senior Associate, Insights & Strategy; and Yash Vardhan Gaddhyan, Portfolio Analyst For years, Nidhi Pant held the perception that farmers were predominantly male. But as she and the other founders of the company, S4S, spent more time...
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January 12, 2023

Acumen has invested $500,000 in Kiip — a simple and secure vital document management & storage platform to reduce the administrative burdens faced by vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the U.S. The Challenge: Administrative Burdens Create Tremendous Barriers for Low-Income Communities Accessing, retaining, renewing, and sharing...
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December 03, 2022

The company's co-founders were honored in a ceremony in Boston, where five winners were announced by a line-up of presenters including The Princess of Wales; Academy Award-Winning actor Rami Malek; actor, screenwriter and comedian Catherine O’Hara and actor and advocate Shailene Woodley. Kheyti, an Acumen...
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September 21, 2022

The Challenge: Food Loss Due to Lack of Cold Storage Efficiency for Access estimates that up to 30% of post-harvest food losses could be saved through cold storage solutions. Many micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria and across most of sub-Saharan Africa that...
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August 25, 2022

This is the story of LabourNet, which had the courage to pivot when the pandemic struck and the needs of their community were forever changed. Gayathri Vasudevan, LabourNet’s co-founder, was able to see beyond what is, and imagine what could be.
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