How Impact Investing Contributes to Global Prosperity

When you start investing, your primary goal is to make money. The more returns you have, the more you can invest and increase your portfolio. But what if there was a way to make a difference with your money? To help people who are struggling gain access to resources that can change their lives? Well, there is. And no, it’s not about making donations to charity—it’s about impact investing.

Impact Investing & Global Propserity

Impact investing allows you to grow your wealth while also having a social impact on developing communities. Essentially, funds from investments are provided to enterprises that have strong potential to make a positive impact on growing communities. In turn, people within the community gain access to safe water, sanitation, and other valuable resources. So, how does impact investing contribute to the global landscape? Let’s take a look.

Impact Investing Promotes Economic Growth

Impact investing supports local businesses and individuals the same way it benefits the investors themselves—it helps them grow their business. When you invest in a company or fund managed by a company with social impact goals, it gives those small businesses and individuals funds to grow their operations.

When this happens, businesses have more money to support others in their community, further expanding the local economy. And the more money an area has, the more resources it has access to. This means improved infrastructure, education, water treatment, and healthcare.

Eradicating Poverty with Clean Water Access

Most families in rural areas of developing countries have to prioritize things like food and water over going to work and earning money. They have to split their time between earning an income and collecting the basic necessities we often take for granted.

Consider this: clean water is often several hours away from the village and the only way to collect it is to walk with a bucket. That takes time away from work, school, and social activities. When clean water is locally accessible, individuals have more time to devote to benefiting their community.

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Impact Investments Encourage Gender Equality

Poverty isn’t the only social impact your investments have—they also improve gender equality throughout the globe. Caring for the family, finding water, collecting and preparing food is almost always the responsibility of the women in the community. This means they drop out of school early on to help around the house and never have the opportunity to go back.

Impact investing helps make it possible for girls and young women to stay in school and get the training they need to become doctors, teachers, lawyers, and business owners who can further improve their communities.

Fostering Resiliency and Long-Term Health

Climate change is a real threat. The more human activity grows, the more pollution and waste harms the environment. This has a direct impact on small developing communities. They lack the resources to manage when drought and disasters strike.

Through impact investing, you’ll give those communities access to the tools they need to better navigate those challenges. Their communities will become more resilient and better prepared for periods of environmental strain. And when those communities have dependable access to clean water and plentiful food, they stay healthy and contribute to local and global prosperity day after day.

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Become an Impact Investor

By becoming an impact investor, you can increase your wealth in a socially responsible way and contribute towards efforts which aim to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Every dollar you invest helps communities across the globe become better, cleaner, and safer. Contact us today to learn more about how you can get started and make a difference in the lives of millions.

"In India, micro, small, and medium enterprises account for more than 80% of total industrial enterprises. According to the last census (2007), 87% of these enterprises did not have any access to finance and were self-financed."

– World Bank

"In India, the market for “toilet loans” has grown rapidly and the loans have high repayment rates. Loans have helped households build more durable latrines by spreading the costs over time."

– World Bank & UNICEF

"For people without access to water, the cost of purchasing from vendors or drilling wells for self-supply can cost 10-15 times more than what is charged by service providers."

– World Bank

"In emerging economies, 1/3 of all healthcare facilities lack a basic water source."

– World Health Organization & UNICEF

"Extending basic water and sanitation services to the unserved will cost $28.4 billion per year from 2015 to 2030, or 0.10% of the global product of the 140 countries included. Current levels of financing can cover the capital costs of achieving universal access to basic water and sanitation by 2030, provided resources are targeted to the needs."

– World Bank

"1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet."

– Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2017 Update and SDG Baselines. World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 2017.

"1 in 9 people lack access to water."

– Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2017 Update and SDG Baselines. World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 2017.