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Welcome to Impacc – business for better.

We believe in the power of the individual, their dreams and their drive, to change fortunes and improve futures. That’s why we don’t donate to the poor. We invest in people.

As a non-profit we build green start-ups in Africa. Not giving to those in need, but instead empowering them as producers, artisans, business leaders, retailers … Turning development aid into social investments that provide not only jobs and growth, but purpose, dignity and prospects. In short: Better futures, for all of us.

Impacc – business for better

Dollar sign growing on plant

Business as a force for good

Traditionally, donations are used to start an aid project; when the money is spent, the project ends and a new project starts with new money, often in the same place.

We at Impacc invest your donations in socially and ecologically sustainable local businesses that generate returns, not only for themselves but for their entire community. We start the engine of development – and make sure it keeps running.

Find & scale green business ideas make businessa force for good
Lower barriers, combine aid with revenue makemarketswork for the poor
Sustainable revenues break the vicious cycle of poverty investmentsthat generatereturns

active ventures

livelihoods improved

green jobs created

tons of CO₂ saved

Our Ventures

It is Impacc’s mission to support social and sustainable enterprises in fragile markets in building local businesses with local resources for local workers and consumers. We then help them to scale their proven concepts by growing geographically and spread their positive impact.

To do this, we set up joint ventures with local entrepreneurs, advise them on scaling the business model, and connect them with potential franchisees.

Woman packing MapaPads

MakaPads

Uganda

Status: Scaling

Many girls don’t go to school during their period as they can’t afford standard sanitary pads. And if they can, the pads clog their fragile sewage system. ​

MakaPads are much cheaper, all natural and biodegradable, made from papyrus and used paper. Empowering girls to go to school all year and creating local jobs at the same time.

Detail of an Impacc Stove with a burning flame

Impacc Stove

Ethiopia

Status: Build-up

80% of women in rural Africa cook over open fire, damaging their lungs and their ecosystem.

Our locally produced and very affordable clay gasifiers turn wood into charcoal while producing cooking heat – not only keeping the women healthier and saving 1,8t CO2 per year, but also giving them extra income opportunities by selling the charcoal as bio-char fertiliser.

Women using WashKing smart locktoiletMaamakiban

WASHKing

Ghana

Status: Investment candidate

Many peri-urban dwellings in Ghana don’t have any toilets or functioning sanitation. People resort to open defecation which can be humiliating and dangerous. It is also one of the main reasons for waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, a widespread cause of infant mortality in Africa. Existing septic tanks and pit latrines smell badly, need to be emptied regularly and tend to overflow, especially during rainy season. WASHKing bio-digester toilets are odor free, only need to be emptied every 5 years and allow peri-urban communities better hygiene, health and safety.

Women presenting Gjenge Makers bricks

Gjenge Makers

Kenya

Status: Investment candidate

Plastic waste management is an issue in Kenya as much as the rest of the world with an estimate of about 260.000 tons generated every year, only 15% of which are being recycled. On the other hand, a lack of affordable building materials contributes to a housing crisis that keeps 6 out of 10 households living in slums. 

Gjenge Makers tackle both problems with one solution, turning plastic waste into building materials like paving stones and building bricks, creating jobs for women and young people in their production and the recycling industry.

Impacc in the media

“Venture Capital der guten Sache”

“Faire Geschäftsbeziehungen sind wichtiger als Begrifflichkeiten”

“The entrepreneurial take on development aid”

“Ich war noch nie so zufrieden.”

“Corona in Afrika: Wie Damenbinden helfen können”

“Geschenke haben keine Zukunft.”

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About six times per year, we will update you on our progress and our latest insights on alternative forms of development aid. 

Our supporters

Many thanks to our partners who have helped us create impact from the start:

Financial Support

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GIZ logo

DSW Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung

Siemens Foundation

Pro Bono Support

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ENS Africa

 Allianz logo

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