“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
African proverb

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty. Acumen believes that every person on the earth deserves dignity to create, aspire, work, consume, provide, achieve, live with choice, not charity. In many parts of the world, people just like us lack access to basic goods and services such as education, electricity, health care, clean water, sanitation, affordable housing, and freedom to participate in the economy. Acumen is changing that!


For every dollar they raise, rather than give it away, Acumen invest in building companies whose focus is on low-income consumers, in nurturing true leaders with moral imagination and courage to disrupt the status quo and in sharing ideas to innovate and create sustainable solutions for the long term. Because solving the world’s biggest problems will take the power of many working together who see investment as a means not an end.


$88 million
82 companies
11+ countries
26 chapters
70,000 on +Acumen
195 fellows
125 million lives
… and counting

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