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Acumen Launches a $25 Million Investment Initiative to Power Livelihoods with Clean Energy

July 12, 2022

This week, Acumen launched its new Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative: Powering Livelihoods Using Solar (PEII+). PEII+ is a 5-year, $25 million dollar initiative that will invest early-stage capital in companies that provide renewable energy-powered appliances–from mills and irrigation pumps to electric motorbikes and refrigerators–to microentrepreneurs and smallholder farmers in India and East and West Africa. The goal is to leverage these technologies to boost incomes...
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Where Credit is Due: How to Safely Scale PAYGo Finance

By Daniel Waldron, Head of Insights on May 10, 2022

We need more pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar, not less, to bring modern energy to the poorest communities within the next decade. But when companies grow PAYGo loan portfolios too quickly, without establishing cultures of managing risk and internal controls to protect consumers, they can harm the people who need credit the most.  The Problem Seven hundred and eighty-nine million people do not have access to modern...
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Acumen invierte en Coschool, una empresa social que implementa proyectos de formación socioemocional en distintas regiones de Colombia y Latinoamérica.

December 09, 2021

A través de un modelo pedagógico innovador Coschool brinda herramientas y contenidos para que los y las educadoras transformen su práctica pedagógica. La compañía se une al portafolio de inversiones de Acumen en Latinoamérica, siendo su segunda inversión en educación en la región. Acumen, liderando la primera ronda de inversión junto con Fundación Bancolombia y Rockwood Advisors, anuncia su más reciente inversión en Coschool, una...
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November 05, 2021

Over the Halloween weekend, the art and technology worlds converged in a cutting-edge experiment to benefit social change initiatives through an NFT Auction.   Four NFTs were developed by the artistic collective known as Wicked Craniums, each representing one of four gods of the elements: Air,...
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A Lesson in Systems Change.

October 18, 2021

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September 01, 2021

Ethiopia’s chicken industry was almost non-existent when Dave Ellis and his co-founders embarked on a bold adventure to start Flow Equity in 2010. Today the company distributes more than 25 million chickens a year in Ethiopia.
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September 01, 2021

The Energy Access Relief Fund — managed by SIMA — is an unprecedented partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors and aims to provide essential financial support to energy access companies in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. NEW YORK, September 1, 2021 — Today, a first-of-its-kind...
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July 30, 2021

Tyler Youngblood has spent the better part of a decade reimagining and — against massive odds — building a fair, inclusive, and sustainable coffee business.
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July 27, 2021

The Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF) seeks to build an ecosystem of agribusinesses that improve farmers’ livelihoods and build their resilience to climate change. NAIROBI, Kenya, July 27, 2021 — The Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund (ARAF) closed on June 30 at $58 million. This first-of-its-kind...
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