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Latin America; Subsaharan Africa; India; Southeast Asia; Global

Grassroots Business Fund The Grassroots Business Fund strives to create a world where economic opportunity reaches everyone. Our mission is to grow viable businesses that generate sustainable earnings or savings for people with low incomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Investment Fund

OVERVIEW

Description

The Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) strives to create a world where economic opportunities reach everyone; their mission is to build and support High-Impact Businesses that provide sustainable economic opportunities to millions of people in low income communities. GBF partners with businesses to deliver a distinctive blend of investment capital and business advisory services through two main vehicles working together: a private investment fund and a non-profit. Through the fund, GBF makes equity, mezzanine equity, mezzanine debt, and straight debt investments. These customized investment structures ensure that GBF's investment performance aligns with the businesses' performance. The fund delivers a form of capital suitable for long-term investment in businesses servicing low income communities. In tandem, the non-profit provides business advisory services to clients in the fund. GBF's investment horizon is 6-8 years.

FUNDING TYPES AND CRITERIA

Provides direct investment

INVESTMENT RANGE:

$500,000 - $2,500,000

FUND SIZE:

$49,000,000

INTERESTED IN THESE SECTORS

Agriculture; Arts, Culture, Handicrafts; Clean and Green Technology; Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation; Enterprise Development, SME; Environment, Climate Change; Fair Trade, Organic Products; Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance; Mobile; Natural Resources / Conservation

Stages

  • 4) Early Customer Traction, Revenue
  • 5) Starting to See Strong Revenue Traction
  • 6) Solidifying Operations
  • 7) Rapid Growth

social vs. financial return preference

  • 4: Mostly Finan. Return Focused

Types of entities

  • For Profit

providing funding for these regions

  • Latin America
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Global

funding types

  • Debt
  • Rev Share / Quasi Equity
  • Convertible
  • Equity
  • Other

DEALS

TEAM MEMBERS

Team

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NATALIA BARANTSEVA

Regional Director for Latin America, responsible for finding and structuring investments, managing the LatAm investment portfolio and business advisory services

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ASSOCIATIONS

IA 50 2014 Manager

This company was selected as an ImpactAssets 50 2014 Manager.