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Interested in making an impact with Global Partnerships?
Contact Melissa Lockhart Fortner:
P: 206.456.7834

The Global Partnerships/Eleos Social Venture Fund, LLC (SVF) is an impact-first fund investing in early-stage social enterprises to expand opportunity for people living in poverty in Eastern Africa. The fund was created to address the “pioneer gap” by supporting early stage social enterprises with a combination of investment capital and Board-level advisory support.

  • What We Look For – We invest in strong and capable founding teams with experience in the geography/ industry and a long-term commitment to achieving clear, compelling and direct impact for households living in poverty. We also look at unique value proposition, scalability, traction and funding plan.
  • Focus Sectors & Geography – We invest in Education, Energy, Health, Water, Sanitation and Livelihoods in Eastern Africa.
  • Funding Strategy – The fund invests in Seed and Series A rounds with ticket sizes ranging from $50K to $500K. In addition to investment capital, SVF provides Board-level advisory support and specific technical assistance, where required.

Current Portfolio

(As of December 31, 2020)

Amped Innovation PBC is a solar energy product manufacturer that enables off-grid households in sub-Saharan Africa to access high-quality, energy-efficient, affordable solar lights, home systems, and appliances, in order to improve their economic position and quality of life.

Arifu (AKENGO CORP.) is a digital learning platform that provides end-users with free mobile-based education on best practices in financial planning, agriculture, and other topics to low-income learners, enabling households living in poverty to improve their economic position.

Eneza Education (M-PREP, INC.) is a digital learning platform that provides affordable, mobile-based, interactive educational content to primary and secondary school students, enabling low-income students to improve their skills, test scores, and likelihood of continuing education.

Good Nature Agro, Inc is an agricultural social enterprise that provides smallholder farmers in Zambia and Malawi with enhanced access to markets and quality inputs (e.g., seeds and fertilizer) as well as technical assistance, enabling improvements in the economic position of smallholder households.

PayGo Energy Inc’s liquid petroleum gas (LPG) metering and distribution solutions provide low-income households in Kenya – particularly women – with access to clean and efficient cooking fuel on an affordable pay-as-you-go basis, enabling improvements in household health and economic position.

Penda Health Ltd is a network of outpatient health clinics that provides high-quality, low-cost primary care to low-income patients in Kenya, enabling households in poverty to improve their health and economic position.

Tugend Global is a microfinance institution that provides motorcycle taxi microentrepreneurs in Uganda and Kenya with tailored lease-to-own asset financing along with asset warranty, accident insurance, and training, enabling households in poverty to increase their net income.

Zum Limited is a supply-chain intermediary that provides informal second-hand clothing retailers in Kenya with low-cost, quality inventory through efficient distribution channels, enabling improvements in net income and quality of life.



Disclaimer: this is not an offer to sell,  or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.  Offers are made only following verification of eligibility and solely pursuant to a fund’s private offering materials.