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Pearl Capital backs Ugandan seed distributor Naseco

ImpactAlpha, June 29 – East Africa-focused agriculture impact investor Pearl Capital Partners committed 4.6 billion Ugandan shillings ($1.2 million) to Naseco to distribute improved seed varieties that will help Ugandan farmers boost yields and incomes. Pearl made the investment from its €20 million ($22 million) Yield Uganda Investment Fund. Naseco is the Yield Fund’s seventh investment. Pearl

Blue Like an Orange closes $200 million for Latin America fund

ImpactAlpha, June 2 – Debt investor Blue Like an Orange was founded by former World Bank officials to finance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (listen to the ImpactAlpha podcast interview, “Blue Like an Orange offers a report card for the Sustainable Development Goals“). It has raised $200 for its first Latin America fund, backed by

ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund awards $1.2 million

ImpactAlpha, June 1 – ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund, backed by USAID and the Visa Foundation, sought innovative ways to bridge the estimated $320 billion annual gap in access to finance for women-led small and growing businesses in developing countries. Eight winning programs, out of more than 180 applicants, will each receive up to $150,000

RENEW re-ups investment in Ethiopian delivery tech startup

ImpactAlpha, June 1 – Addis Adaba-based Roadrunner is a tech platform used by delivery startup Deliver Addis, one of Ethiopia’s leading e-commerce companies. Roadrunner’s tech has helped Deliver expand from restaurant delivery to groceries and other essential goods during COVID. Small business-focused impact investor RENEW has invested a third slug of capital in Roadrunner. Terms

From second fund, ADAP Capital aims to cut small checks quickly

ImpactAlpha, May 28 – Early-stage impact investor ADAP Capital is offering something many fund managers aren’t: small-ticket checks for emerging-market entrepreneurs. The investment and advisory firm reached a second close for its second fund to make investments of $75,000 in up to 10 companies focused on alleviating poverty in low-income markets. “We’re investing at a

GramCover raises early funding to insure India’s rural households

ImpactAlpha, May 28 –Poor distribution has kept affordable insurance products for safeguarding health, livelihoods and possessions out of reach for most of India’s low-income, rural households. GramCover launched in 2018 to bridge the insurance access gap through digital services. GramCover reaches more than 1.3 million farmers and has sold $10 million in premiums. The company,