Who we are
Inclusive Impact Investments B.V. (Triple I) is a public-private impact investing company specialized in financing and supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa and Asia. All our investments are aimed to create a positive social impact on the livelihoods of the people directly involved in the businesses we support as well as the wider society. We provide short-term bridge finance (€10k-€100k) and long-term growth capital (€100k-€500k) to help SMEs become investments-ready and realise their growth potential. In addition, we provide hands-on advisory services to maximize the operational capacity and social impact.
We are an unique partnership between a Dutch entrepreneur and a global NGO. The result is a fund with an entrepreneurial spirit and a social heart. We partner with Oxfam Novibs’ Business Development Program for deal sourcing. Oxfam Novib is managing a grant-based SME Development program building the capacity of local entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs receive business and impact training and tailored consultancy services to improve their business and make them investment-ready.
Our mission & vision
is to defeat poverty by empowering entrepreneurs.
We envision a world without poverty driven by socially dedicated entrepreneurs who demonstrate sustainable standards on development, growth and productivity.
is that social-dedicated entrepreneurs can make a change and play a vital role in achieving sustainable, large scale, economic development and social impact. However, we recognize that first businesses need to be viable and grow before they can create long-term social impact.
This is why we support locally owned businesses and encourage entrepreneurship in less developed areas of the globe.
"It is inspiring to see that entrepreneurs at other side of the globe struggle with similar challenges as I do. Sharing experiences and providing support is what drives me"
(Dick Haan, Dutch entrepreneur and Managing Director Triple I)
Why we exist
While poverty has decreased globally, fragile communities continue to lag behind in terms of development. For these communities to flourish, economic development is essential.
To support this, financial systems must be strengthened, investments in businesses provided and jobs need to be created. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play an crucial role in this. They constitute the largest employer in any given private-sector economy, create jobs and deliver essential products to underserved populations. However, in developing countries SMEs lack access to capital required to grow.
Inclusive Impact Investments bridges the finance gap by investing in local SMEs that have limited access to financial services.
“Today, access to finance is still by far the largest obstacle to growth for SMEs, particularly in low- and middle-income markets”
Est. $750bn demand
for SME loans ranging between 10k and 1 mio in Africa, Asia and Latin America (McKinsey, 2018)
We are not a traditional impact investor. Actually, we do not like to call ourselves “investors” since we do not want to be associated with those who commit capital purely with the expectation of receiving financial returns. We are much more than that. In fact, we are a group of enthusiastic professionals who share the passion for entrepreneurship.
You might not know us, because we do not promote our work through advertisement or tv commercials. We do not spend money on fundraising and do not want to be a story telling machine.
In 2014 we started our company with the philosophy that the entrepreneurial spirit of driven, positive and socially dedicated entrepreneurs can make a change and plays a vital role in reducing poverty. We think that all entrepreneurs need to be able to realize their dreams so we started to support entrepreneurs with social business models striving to make a positive social impact on their community.
Africa and Asia face high poverty rates. At the same time driven local entrepreneurs have limited access to capital to grow their business ideas and scale their positive contribution on local employment, income security, sustainable agriculture, and availability of products meeting needs of peoples living in poverty. Therefore, we decided to become active in these underserved markets and started to support local entrepreneurship in Uganda, Nigeria and Vietnam. Our support goes far. We not only tailor our products to the needs of the entrepreneurs, but we also provide our products under conditions local banks never accept. Compared to the majority of the impact investors we take extremely high risks while we accept low return. We have personal relationship with each entrepreneur and if needed we use our personal network and do all we can to realize our joint dream to fight poverty.
We hope to inspire entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and support each other in creating inclusive social impact and think beyond financial returns!
- In accordance with the principles of good governance, Inclusive Impact Investments has an independent Investment Committee which meets at least 4 times per year. The role of the investment committee is to approve the financial and social value of proposed investment. For more information see the term of reference (available upon request).
- The Directors are appointed by the Shareholders, and each Director has a strong expertise in the areas of development, finance and/or entrepreneurship. The Directors are strong advocates of Inclusive Impact Investments ’ double objective of social and financial returns.