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Reducing Barriers to Entry

Catalyzing Early-Stage Impact Investing in Latin America


OCT, 2012 Provided by NESsT When it comes to impact investing, Latin America is somewhat of a paradox. Despite its robust economicNESsT performance in recent years, early-stage impact investing — funds that invest less than $500,000 and support social enterprises on the ground — is just beginning. Although major players such as Acumen Fund and Invested Development intend to expand their portfolios to Latin America within the next 3 years, most funds tend to focus on Africa and Asia. Yet, as traditional philanthropy and international aid decline, there is no time like the present for impact investing to take center stage in Latin America. To understand the challenges to impact investing in Latin America, NESsT interviewed 17 early-stage impact investors about their business experiences in the region. According to interviewees, the lack of knowledge r....




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