Make markets work for a better world

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.

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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.

MapaPad employee sorting product

Maka Pads

Uganda

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.

8 burning Noah Stoves in a row being tested

Noah Stove

Ethiopia

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

Our locally produced and very affordable Noah Stoves gasify wood to charcoal – 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 fertilizer.

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Our supporters

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

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