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Working to End
Extreme Poverty in sub-Saharan
Africa by 2030

Our Strategy

Credit: Bianca Thielke

Our Strategy

Vision

Africa free from extreme poverty by 2030

Mission

Catalyse income-generating opportunities for extremely poor people in rural sub‑Saharan Africa

Goal

Support initiatives that improve the business ecosystems that proliferate income opportunities for those in extreme poverty.

How

By expanding the access of rural-impacting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to knowledge, skilled human resources, finance, technology and markets.

Our Role

Small Foundation recognises the urgency and enormity of the challenge of our vision, mission and goal. We believe that commercial capital will be vital to achieving the scale of impact required.

To do this we provide rural-impacting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with access to:

Village Capital

1

Finance

Credit: Bianca Thielke

2

Technical Assistance

Village Capital

3

Skilled Human Resources

Theory of Change

 
 
Small Foundation Activities
Key Ecosystem Elements
Rural MSMEs Ecosystem
Income Generating
Impacts on Individuals

Impact Opportunities

An Impact Opportunity (IO) is a specific barrier in the rural-impacting micro, small and medium-sized (MSME) ecosystem identified by Small Foundation that we believe we have some potential to help address.

Our Impact Opportunities

 

Nature of Our Support

Finance

We provide appropriate financial support to help our partners achieve financial sustainability and greater social impact.

Non-financial support

Our non-financial support includes enabling access to learning, leveraging our networks, and our staff serving in governance roles where needed.

Collaboration in aligned networks

We support several cross-cutting initiatives that seek to drive systemic change in MSME business ecosystems by increasing effective connection and collaboration between multiple stakeholders.

 

Our Support Criteria

  1. Compatibility with SF’s strategy
  2. Effectiveness of impact on extreme poverty
  3. Sustainability of impact
  4. Scalability of impact
  5. High leverage point in ecosystem
  6. Additionality of SF’s support
  7. SF capacity to support effectively
  8. Degree of local involvement.