Grassroots Business Fund

78% of employment
in low income countries

COMES FROM SMES.

WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER 18 YEARS.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

The Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) facilitates economic empowerment and improved lives for lower-income populations, especially in lesser-developed countries and regions. GBF pursues this by working with impactful small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in low-income communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Stretching back to its founding within the International Finance Corporation and World Bank Group, the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) is an innovator in blending multidimensional structures. We are organized to better utilize different types of capital and deliver valuable, befitting technical assistance.

GBF works toward a world where economic opportunity reaches everyone.

GBF’s dynamic and diverse team of experts specialize in investment consulting, impact advisory services, strategy formulation, commercial due diligence and project finance.

We have managed over $100 million from government agencies, development financial institutions and private foundations and investors.

we generate

A GREAT IMPACT.

Our social impact tracking and monitoring metrics program is embedded in its investment and supervision processes. It monitors and estimates portfolio companies’ social impact on underserved communities, thus enabling companies to measure their social and environmental performance and assess the impact of their business model.

The program achieves this through: companies’ self-reporting; on-the-ground verifications and surveys; and comparisons of the estimated annualized economic benefits with the financing provided to each company.

$ 396.3 M
of benefits to below-the-poverty-line - 90%
$ 9.7 M
Economic value created per $1 invested
11,13 0
Total Jobs Created
6.3 M
women impacted
13.9 M
Family members supported
3.47 M
Farmers, artisans, consumers supported

CASE
STUDIES

In the last 10 years, several independent organizations and consultants, Harvard Business School amongst others have undertaken evaluations and case studies which validate our innovative and impactful approach to investing in small businesses.