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Gender lens investing

Woman walks through West African village while carrying basket of cocoa pods on her head

We harness entrepreneurship to uplift women and girls so they can lead dignified lives.

Our impact

of our portfolio is 2X Challenge compliant
of our portfolio companies have female founders
of our portfolio companies’ staff are female

Poverty is not gender-neutral.

51% of people living in poverty today are women and girls. We know we can create economic value and far-reaching impact when women are centered as key stakeholders. That’s why, in every aspect of our work we aim to listen, support, and champion women as innovators and problem-solvers.

Our ambition is to reach and invest in more female founders. In 2023 and 2024 we hosted a Gender Affinity & Advancement Accelerator for East and West Africa.

We support portfolio companies with gender-smart technical assistance and specialized impact measurement tools to help them leverage the benefits of investing in women as employees and workers across their supply chain.

We invest in companies providing access to agricultural services, clean energy products, and quality education that help women increase their income and take care of their families.

Women excitedly hugs other women in West Africa
Three young adults look at phone on a clear and sunny day
Women checking a bushel of bananas in East Africa

Acumen applies the 2X Criteria, a global baseline standard for gender finance, across our portfolio of diverse markets and regions.

Making markets work for women and girls

Gender lens investing reveals actionable insights that help improve the lives of women and girls across key investment sectors.

Partnering for impact

Creating change at scale stems from the power of community. We achieve more when we work together.

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