Living Goods: Selling Health Door-to-Door

Living Goods is a global health strategy wrapped in a retail distribution business wrapped in a nonprofit company. In Uganda and, since last year, in Kenya, more than 1,000 Living Goods “community health promoters” in bright blue T-shirts make their rounds through urban slums and rural neighborhoods, peddling an assortment of malaria medicine, fortified cereals,

Kuli Kuli: Taking an Impact Food Venture to the Crowd

Phrases like “food startup with a social mission,” “a 20-something female CEO only a few years out of the Peace Corps” or “supplied by women farmers in West Africa” are likely to land your business plan in a traditional venture capitalist’s polite-rejection pile. But the same factors that initially turned off many VCs resonated with

Trilinc: Impact Opportunities for Retail Investors

Gloria Nelund is bringing impact investing to Main Street. Her TriLinc Global Impact Fund, with individual investments as low as $2,000, is among only a handful of financial vehicles available to “retail” investors,” the approximately 50 million U.S. households who don’t qualify as high net-worth, or “accredited,” investors. That gives a broader group of individual investors

Unlocking Tech Investment in the Seafood Supply Chain

Exciting new technologies allow us to track seafood through the supply chain. Fishery managers, retailers, and restaurants want detailed information about where, when, and how fish were caught. So why isn’t more capital investment going into traceability and supply chain technologies by either seafood industry insiders or tech investors? Some might argue that seafood supply

Scaling up Conservation Finance: Takeaways and Videos from the Practitioners Workshop

The field of conservation finance is at an inflection point. There is a long and distinguished list of conservation finance deals that have delivered important conservation benefits. As the field moves to the next stage, it will need to migrate beyond donor-driven financing to commercial, investor-driven vehicles. It will need to move from one-off transactions

Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise Around the World

Women’s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point. The question is: Is it just a passing media fad that will soon be a blip on the radar screen, or is it actually a real, fundamental economic force that’s reshaping the world? I think it’s safe to say that it’s the latter. Women-owned entities in the

“A Short Guide to Impact Investing”

  The Case Foundation has just released “A Short Guide to Impact Investing,” with the intention of bringing a new crop of high-net-worth investors “into the game.” “We picked up a recurring theme: a lot of people are confused,” writes author Sean Greene, Case’s entrepreneur-in-residence. “What exactly is impact investing? How is it different from