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

Our Strategy

Credit: Bianca Thielke

Our Strategy


Africa free from extreme poverty by 2030


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


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


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



Credit: Bianca Thielke


Technical Assistance

Village Capital


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


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.

Impact networks

We support impact networks 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.