More than 40 million Americans live below the poverty line, and a majority live paycheck to paycheck. That's why, after nearly two decades and over $110 million of impact investments in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Acumen has expanded its focus to include the United States. Amon Anderson and Sarah Willis discuss how Acumen America, through its financial inclusion portfolio supported by MetLife Foundation, aims to build a future where low-income Americans enjoy stability, protection and prosperity.
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EarnUp announced its partnership with the nonprofit global venture fund, Acumen. EarnUp is the first recipient of Acumen's financial-inclusion investment under the Acumen America portfolio. For more information visit www.earnup.com.
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For the last ten years, Acumen has been investing in off-grid energy companies in the developing world. In its new Energy Impact Report, the impact investing nonprofit talked directly to thousands of customers about their experiences - good and bad - with these companies’ energy products. Acumen's Kat Harrison discusses the survey's revealing results.
The Energy Impact Report, the first of its kind for the organization, is the culmination of 7,500 interviews with 5,500 off-grid energy customers across 11 countries using Acumen’s Lean Data methodology. Designed specifically for social enterprises, Lean Data is a customer-centric, technology-based approach to impact measurement that enables Acumen to speak directly with low-income customers at scale and collect high-quality impact data at a fraction of the cost of existing approaches.