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GBF’s High Impact Businesses have generated economic opportunities for over 1.3 million people, and improved the lives of an additional 5.2 million family members in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
As of December 31, 2013, investee businesses annually generated over $35 million of value by:
- Generating $23 million of income for 68,000 farmers, artisans, and workers;
- Providing $12 million in savings through efficient goods such as affordable clean energy lighting, cookstoves, agricultural equipment, and other services to 1.2 million low income consumers.
Agribusiness – Socially responsible agricultural suppliers are crucial to providing economic opportunities for the millions of smallholder farmers living in poverty. GBF’s clients in agriculture are connecting farmers with export markets. In many cases, businesses provide technical assistance to transition farms from subsistence crops and local market sales to premium products suitable for export.
Artisanal – Mission-driven crafts companies provide economic opportunities to artisans in emerging markets by connecting them with global consumer markets.
Products and Services – GBF’s clients provide products and services targeted toward people living with low incomes improve their livelihoods and allow them to cut costs and increase savings.