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        1. Our investments

          ACRE (Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises) was a consortium of five international NGOs ( and ) aiming to source and support rural enterprises with the potential to create jobs, deliver systemic benefits to the value chains in which they operate, and benefit the poor and marginalised. Small Foundation provided support to ACRE to build regional capacity in Africa.  

           is a not-for-profit social investor that makes patient long-term debt and equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs and markets, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers. Small Foundation has a multiannual strategic collaboration agreement with Acumen to support their agricultural portfolio teams in sub-Saharan Africa.

           is a not-for-profit distribution company focused on supporting agricultural development businesses operating in sub-Saharan Africa. Small Foundation had a multiannual strategic collaboration agreement with AgDevCo to provide support for the core costs of their operations, and continues to engage with AgDevCo.

          The (AMEA) is a global alliance of firms with the overall objective of standardizing the development of professional farmer organizations. AMEA uses a cost-effective and integrated system of standards, assessments, training materials and certified training providers to equip farmer organizations with the right business and leadership skills that can enable them to flourish as a business and to give buyers, banks, input providers and other value chain actors greater confidence to engage farmer organizations in stronger and more resilient supply chains. Small Foundation has provided AMEA with multiannual funding to support start-up and expand its operations.

          The brings together UK Parliamentarians concerned with agriculture, nutrition and wider food security in the developing world with the aim of engendering progressive and informed debate within Westminster and beyond. Small Foundation is a member of the APPG Supporters’ Group.

          The (ANDE) is a global membership network of organisations that support entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a way to create prosperity for the world’s poor. Small Foundation has a multiannual strategic collaboration agreement with ANDE to support the network’s development, including enhancing ANDE chapter outputs in East and West Africa. 

          The implements a poverty graduation program with ultra-poor women in the drought-threatened arid lands. BOMA helps its participants to start small businesses in their rural communities, so they can pay for food, school fees and medical care for their families. Small Foundation supported BOMA to develop its scaling strategy.

          was created to foster coordination, collaboration, and learning among impact-focused conveners and accelerators. Conveners.org is a nonprofit organisation that develops programmes, tools, and resources to support these communities in advancing systems-level change. Small Foundation provided a seed grant to support the development of an accelerator selection tool as part of Conveners.org’s Accelerating the Accelerators work.

          The is an alliance of 12 financial institutions that promote industry standards and best practices for a thriving and sustainable market serving the financing needs of agricultural SMEs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Small Foundation supports CSAF with its core operating costs. 

           is a for-profit Nigerian impact investing firm which invests in early-stage businesses that improve the livelihoods of Nigerian smallholder farmers. Doreo Partner’s flagship investment is Small Foundation provided support to Doreo Partners for R&D on agricultural remote sensing technology.

          (EWB) creates change by supporting social innovations in Canada and Africa that can break the systems that sustain poverty. EWB promotes policies to foster more equitable development, and invests in leaders who enable others to reach their full potential. Small Foundation has a multiannual strategic collaboration agreement to continue and enhance EWB’s existing capability to enhance social businesses in Africa that provide services and products that benefit the poor.

          Equity for Africa Group Ltd (EFAG) is an equipment finance company specialised in serving small and medium enterprises and farmers in East Africa. Small Foundation has provided seed funding for the development of EFAG.

           is an international development organisation that provides training and support to poor rural communities in East Africa. The  (MAEF), founded and managed by FARM-Africa, targeted the needs of emerging agribusinesses that contribute directly to smallholder commercialisation and rural economic growth. Small Foundation had a multiannual strategic collaboration agreement with Farm Africa to support the operational costs of the MAEF.

          is an international development organisation that supports communities in sub-Saharan Africa to grow more food, diversify their farm production, and sell their surpluses at a profit by establishing rural micro-finance programmes, and supporting the creation of producer organisations and rural enterprises, enabling farm families to access markets and add value to their produce. Small Foundation had a multinanual strategic collaboration agreement with GORTA-Self Help Africa to support their operational expenditure, and continues to engage with the organisation on its private sector work.

          The (ISF) is a multi-donor and investor platform for the development of financial services for the smallholder farmer market. It was launched in May 2013 with the intention of making marked progress toward closing the gap between the over $200 billion in smallholder financing need and the current $50 billion supply in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Small Foundation has provided unrestricted funding to the ISF to help build core staff capacity of the ISF team. SF is making a financial contribution to ISF and Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab's latest 2019/20. 

           (I&P) is a Paris-based impact investing group dedicated to small and growing businesses in sub-Saharan Africa. I&P’s mission is to contribute to the rise of a sustainable and dynamic private sector in sub-Saharan Africa. SF invested in I&P's IPDEV2, a financial vehicle dedicated to the support of early-stage businesses through the creation of a network of equity investment teams in sub-Saharan Africa.

          is dedicated to supporting small-scale farmers to improve their lives. One Acre Fund combines technical assistance, microfinance, farm inputs and market facilitation to help farmers increase yields and realise greater incomes. Small Foundation is supporting One Acre Fund to measure the impact of improved farmer incomes on farmer families’ quality of life.

          (OCA) is a management consulting and financial advisory with offices in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia that works with local enterprises, investors, development partners, and the public sector to identify opportunities that advance African economies and build future generations of business leaders. Small Foundation has provided OCA with an investment to expand its work with local enterprises across the region and to launch a new business, , focused on developing  high-potential graduates into high-performing professionals and providing them to organizations through rotating placements.

          The Opportunity Fund was an initiative by Partners in Food Solutions, , and Root Capital, with support from the , to explore ways to reach the ‘last mile’ of SME lending: loans in the range of $10,000 - $50,000. Small Foundation provided funding for an initial phase of this R&D work.

           (PFS) is a non-profit organisation that links the technical and business expertise of volunteer employees from , ,  and  to small and growing food processors and millers in the developing world. Small Foundation has a multiannual strategic collaboration agreement with PFS to support innovations to increase the sustainability and scalability of the organisation’s impact.

           (RTO) is a social business that provides high-quality productive assets to small-scale entrepreneurs in rural Zambia. By providing the necessary equipment, training and financing that are otherwise inaccessible in rural areas, RTO taps into the potential of Zambia’s entrepreneurial capacity and catalyses business growth opportunities for aspiring Zambian entrepreneurs. Small Foundation is providing support for RTO to scale up operations and further develop its product offering.

           is a non-profit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa,Latin America and Indonesia by lending capital, delivering financial training and strengthening market connections for agricultural small and growing businesses. Small Foundation has a multi-annual strategic collaboration agreement to support Root Capital as it works to optimise both profitability and impact with an expanded business model, including by collaborating with a variety of partners and peers to channel capital to hard-to-serve markets.

          (SAFIN) is an inclusive partnership of institutions that are committed to supporting the investment capacity of smallholders and agri-SMEs by strengthening the financial ecosystems in which they operate. Small Foundation is providing multi-annual core funding to the SAFIN secretariat.

          works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. The organisation helps grow strong markets that create income, jobs and wealth in poor communities. Small Foundation provided unrestricted funding to help support Technoserve’s cross-organisational learning, systems development, and external engagement.

          Small Foundation also made a contribution towards former Technoserve senior vice president Simon Winter’s sabbatical senior fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School.

          The Unreasonable Institute aims to solve the world’s biggest problems by equipping entrepreneurs tackling these problems with the mentorship, capital, and network to make it happen. Small Foundation provided core funding for the institute and, in addition, has supported the participation of African entrepreneurs.

          finds, trains, and invests in early-stage entrepreneurs with business solutions to major global problems. The organization builds communities around entrepreneurs that increase opportunities for growth and success. Village Capital's peer-selected investment approach aims to put the power of investment in the hands of entrepreneurs. Small Foundation has provided multi-annual funding to Village Capital to expand its Africa practice and develop an agricultural program for the region.

            is an executive arm of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office which, over a period of 3 years, convened a series of conferences on global food security. Small Foundation provided financial support for participation by African experts.

          Paul Polak’s book,  co-authored with Mal Warwick: Small Foundation supported the promotional costs of this publication.

          Small Foundation earmarks a small proportion of its funding for the needs of disadvantaged Irish people

           is founded on the insight that, throughout the world, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions to societal needs and delivering extraordinary results that improve the lives of millions of people. Small Foundation provided financial support for an initiative by Ashoka Ireland, called . 


          The information given on the strategies of the organisations funded relates to the time the funds were provided and is not necessarily current.


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