As of December 30, 2015, investees created over $50M of economic value annually

Read more in our 2014 Impact Report

Read some of our beneficiary stories

By Sector 

Agribusinesses are especially challenging and risky investments due in part to climate, market volatility and supply chain bottlenecks. Yet, they create unrivaled opportunities for lasting wealth-creation that can lift large numbers of people out of poverty. As such, our portfolio has a growing concentration in agriculture.

Each year, GBF’s agribusiness investees support over 32,000 farmers & workers and generate $25M in income & cost-savings.

In many cases, agribusinesses provide assistance to transition farmers from subsistence crops and local market sales to products suitable for higher value and international markets.


GBF’s handcrafted manufacturing investees provide economic opportunities to artisans by connecting them with global consumer markets. Our business advisory services help investees obtain international certifications to access an expanded market, earn higher returns (which are transferred to artisan-suppliers), and increase the quality and capacity of production.

Each year, GBF’s handcrafted manufacturing investees support almost 41,000 artisans and generate $9.3M in income and cost-savings.

Our handcrafted manufacturing portfolio includes investees worldwide who specialize in production, raw material supply, wholesale and distribution, marketing and retail sales.

GBF’s clients in the products and services sectors allow low income groups to access inexpensive but necessary items and improve their livelihoods through increased savings. Examples include mobile banking, clean energy, lighting, technology, heating, and improved non-agribusiness job access. 

Each year, GBF’s  investees in this sector connect over 1.7M low income consumers and almost 3,000 workers to  products and services that generate $13M in savings and $1.4M in income.

We believe that supporting these businesses helps promote economic sustainability and lift people out of poverty by generating recurring savings which can be used to improve lives.


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