ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow for Jan. 8, 2016: Weekly Roundup of Impact Investments

This week: The investment winds are blowing for both small- and large-scale wind deals; the Kresge Foundation pledges $20 million to early childhood education in Detroit; and mom-and-pop shops in Peru and Venezuela may have more access to working capital to expand their businesses. Big Investment in small-scale wind. United Wind has received $200 million

Green, Low-Income Housing in Kansas City From a REIT and a B-Corp

One day, in the not-too-distant future, in Kansas City, Missouri, someone will arrive home after a bus ride and a long day’s work at their barely above-minimum wage job. The building in which they live will use 90 percent less energy than the buildings around it. There’ll be a community garden on the rooftop where

Global Ethical Finance Forum: What Can Islamic Finance Teach Impact Investors?

The Global Ethical Finance Forum in Scotland earlier this month was animated by mutual enlightenment and the spirit of Edinburgh’s native son, Adam Smith, whose The Theory of Moral Sentiments provided some of the philosophical and psychological underpinning of the often misinterpreted The Wealth of Nations. If Smith’s writing is often misinterpreted, so too is Islamic culture.

Accion, Leapfrog and Lok Invest $25M in IFMR Holdings in India

From The Mint: Mumbai–Financial inclusion service provider IFMR Holdings Pvt Ltd. said on Thursday it has raised $25 million in equity from Accion International, LeapFrog Investments and impact investment fund Lok Capital. Accion is investing $12.5 million of the total, LeapFrog Investments $9 million and Lok Capital $3.5 million. The company provides access to finance

eMoneyPool: Bringing #Fintech to a Centuries-Old Savings Tool

A cundina in Mexico. A chit fund in India. A sou sou in West African and Caribbean nations. Informal savings pools, around for centuries, are still the preferred savings tool of billions of low-income people around the world. Savings circles are common in another country with a large unbanked population as well — the United States. Phoenix-based

Tending the Ocean, Not Just the Seafood: Valuing Ecosystem Services in New Zealand

The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, also known as New Zealand. The Māori also are the owners of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd., one of the country’s largest seafood companies and a major supplier of  pāua, or abalone. That makes Aotearoa Fisheries an excellent candidate for a new

Village Capital: FinTech Solutions to Real-World Problems

Ann DeRosa of Chilton Capital had only one question after hearing the pitch from Brian Ferguson, founder of Start Line, a sort of Yelp for former inmates to help with their re-entry to society. “Just tell me, what do you need?” Ferguson and nine other entrepreneurs were on stage in Oakland, Calif., at the FinTech