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Livelihood Impact Lab

The Livelihood Impact Lab invests funding and expertise into data driven early stage organizations that strive to meaningfully and durably improve the lives of the global poor. We invest in African-led organizations with budgets of less than $1,000,000USD, with most less than $500,000USD.


Provide a platform where smallholder farmers are challenged to create self-economic opportunities and reduce poverty levels through agribusiness.

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Help rural women combat poverty and malnutrition by empowering and equipping them with skills and knowledge in agriculture, nutrition, markets and technology; assisting them with access to affordable and effective agro technology through an input-sharing program; and collectively purchasing and selling goods and services.

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Strengthen the Agricultural Value Chain by supporting the everyday smallholder farmer. Provide Training, Financing and Marketing support so that Malawian farmers can earn higher incomes and grow better, eat better and live better.

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Expand opportunities for smallholder rural farmers in hard to reach communities in Nigeria.


Help farmers achieve higher crop yields through soil analysis and farming recommendations.  The agritech firm uses sensor technology to measure soil characteristics and relay the information with recommendations in a comprehensive way to farmers through their mobile phones.


Kuza Freezers manufactures solar powered coolers that make it easy for small-scale fishermen in Mombasa to preserve their fish harvest. This low cost alternative eliminates the need for ice in a cooler. With a pay-as-you-go model, fishermen are able to own the freezer within two years. The coolers are made of aluminum and powered by solar, making them durable and good for the environment.

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Network of young agri-entrepreneurs (14-40 years) working together to shape the future of agribusiness in Uganda. Support fellow youth with the necessary skills to run agribusiness enterprises, incubate their agribusiness ideas into viable businesses, link them to affordable finances and sustainable markets for them to embrace farming as a cool and profitable business.


Expand opportunities for smallholder rural farmers in hard to reach communities in Zambia

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Equips farmers in Uganda with income-generating tools on inclusive financing plans. They are 100% focused on enabling their clients to invest in their futures to propel themselves and their families forward. 

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The organization’s mission is to improve the livelihoods of rural farmers, by increasing their yield and reducing post harvest waste. They reinvest a majority of their profits into their business activities to ensure they are improving the lives of their farming communities.

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Digital community of young women making hustle moves to scale their business, career, finances and relationships.


Equip women in Kenya with accredited construction and manufacturing skills in order to increase financial security, change attitudes about women in the workforce, and promote gender equality within the construction industry.


Create a pathway where top talent across Africa with diverse academic backgrounds can build the knowledge, skills, and abilities to reach their potential as data professionals and leverage those talents and skills to contribute to the global economy.


Accelerate employment by providing soft skills training for artisans and corporate bodies and connecting artisans to job opportunities in Nigeria’s construction industry.

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A sustainable urban development organization providing employability training to orphaned youngsters that are taking full responsibility for their younger siblings.

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Facilitates international educational migration by offering mentoring and financial support to students from low-income countries who want to complete a university degree in a high-income country.

Livelihood Impact Fund

The Livelihood Impact Fund support partners that have clear evidence of impact, strong organizational structures and reliably deliver high, impact-level returns


Provide the most promising young women in Africa with technology and entrepreneurial skills to compete economically and bridge the gender gap in tech.


Transform lives around the world through sustainable training and employment programs that provide a path to lifelong employment and opportunity.


Tackle youth unemployment by partnering with youth, schools, and governments to design and deliver education solutions that equip young people in Africa with the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities.


Accelerate equitable access to eyeglasses for 1 billion people to create a world in which all children and adults can obtain high-quality eyeglasses where they live and learn.


Provide rural youth with job opportunities that boost and encourage. agricultural and economic growth and encouraging young people to invest in their communities.


Supply 1 million smallholder farmers with everything they need to grow more food and earn more money.


Provide credit and capacity building to small and growing agricultural businesses around the globe to build a more prosperous, inclusive, and resilient future for rural communities.


Provide affordable eyeglasses, vision screening and training so that non-profits, social entrepreneurs, government agencies, and corporate clients can bring the wonder of clear vision to their communities.


Allows donors to send money directly to people in poverty with no strings attached

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Movement that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services, community advocacy platforms, and education

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Somo supports micro and small business owners with everything they need to grow, be sustainable, and create more jobs in their communities. Somo envisions a world where local entrepreneurs are provided the resources- knowledge, financing and markets- needed to create real change. Founded in Nairobi, Somo now works across low-income areas in East Africa and has supported 6,600 business owners with digital business skills, had over 2,000 graduates from Somo Academy, and financed over 400 businesses that have created over 8,700 jobs.


Close the social capital gap by helping diverse, low-income, and first-generation grads to learn technical skills, build community, and jumpstart careers in digital marketing, data analytics, and tech sales.


Prepare low-income students of color for full-time careers in fast-growing tech professions such as software engineering, data science, and cyber security through an immersive, education program


Train adults with the most need and potential to get their first tech jobs, advance in their careers, and become the next generation of leaders in tech.

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Fund and support promising social entrepreneurs so they can grow their ideas into sustainable forces for change.

Eyeglasses initiative

One billion people live with vision impairment that could be corrected with glasses and over 80% (800 million people) are in need of a $1.5 pair of reading glasses, which has shown to increase income by 28% and productivity by 30%. Reading glasses are a low cost solution that can meaningfully improve livelihoods and well-being of 40+ year old adults. 


The Eyeglass Initiative, operating under the umbrella of the Livelihood Impact Fund, is a targeted intervention focused on enabling easy access to reading glasses for 800 million adults in need. It aims at researching core questions around the benefits of reading glasses, running pilots & experimentation, and inspiring doers & funders to come together to solve the issue at scale.

Photos courtesy of  One Acre Fund, Digital Divide Data, Educate & VisionSpring

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