A Catalytic Fund for Inclusive and Innovative Businesses

Innovations Against Poverty challenges the private sector to contribute to the fight against poverty

Low-income markets represent a significant business opportunity. The four billion people living on less than US$ 8 a day constitute a global consumer market with a shared purchasing power valued at US$ 5 trillion. By thinking innovatively, private companies can develop businesses that solve social and environmental issues while at the same time maximising their competitiveness and profitability. However, many of these initiatives face commercial, technical and financial risks. They have limited access to finance as they are frequently too large for micro-financing but too small for mainstream commercial debt and venture capital. The IAP fund serves as a risk-sharing mechanism to stimulate private sector development endeavours that otherwise would not occur.

Through our combined financial and non-financial services, we support innovative Inclusive Business models that deliver commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low-income populations, while paying specific attention to gender equality and environmental sustainability.

Impact by January 2023

New Jobs Created (FTE)

People Living in Poverty with Access to Basic Goods and Services

People Living in Poverty with Income Generating Opportunities

People Living in Poverty with Increased Income or Cost Savings

GHG Emissions Avoided or Reduced (Tonnes CO2-EQ)

Increased Sales Revenue (Euro)


Truluv secure €680,000 in investor funding

December 2022

Truluv Granola has secured an additional investment of EUR 680,000 within the first year of their IAP partnership. This debt and equity financing was made by the Dutch Good Growth Fund and a group of angel investors.

API scales up its production of biodiesel

December 2022

As one of the main sources of greenhouse emissions globally, the African Power Initiative in Uganda is working towards substituting fossil fuels with biodiesel derived from kukui, or candlenut, seeds. One of the major challenges for API is the 

Nutridense scale up processing

November 2022

What started out as a modest food production endeavour in the basement of Nutridense’s owner, Ms Alem Greiling, is now transitioning to a fully fledged food processing venture through automation and expansion of the 

Articles & Videos

Article on HUSK Super Farmer biochar

Super Farmers changing the face of Cambodia agriculture

HUSK’s focus is far from purely environmental, they work hard to see that their business has a meaningful social impact.

Solar Powered Irrigation

Improving Yields with Green Energy

Solar Green Energy brings economic and social benefits for rice farmers through higher and more reliable yields, as an increased amount of farmland becomes available through irrigation

Clean Water from WE Venture for Rural Cambodians


260 Brands Foods

Mitigating climate change through food system innovations

Businesses have a critical role in mitigating climate change and for most companies this has been measuring one’s own operating emissions, the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) project aims to challenge these perceptions by supporting the growth of green businesses

Digital Inclusion - ChapChap

Promoting inclusion through digital solutions

Digital inclusion is closing the gap for communities around the globe who are underserved in access to goods and services because of their remote location or

IAP Partnership

Funded by
Swedish Sverige
Managed by
SNV - The Netherlands Development Organisation
In Collaboration with
Inclusive Business Sweden
In Collaboration with
Bop Inc


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