Traditional businesses just aren’t getting the job done in emerging market countries. 

 

25%

workers live in extreme or moderate poverty

 

46.8%

workers face low incomes & difficult working conditions

 

People deserve access to good jobs, reliable income and the dignity that comes with supporting their families and contributing to their communities.

Source: ILO’s Trends Econometric Models


How NESsT Fights Poverty

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Invest

We leverage donations and patient capital from supporters into investments in social enterprises that generate dignified jobs for people most in need.

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Engage

We use an engaged approach providing tailored financing and one-on-one business development support to social entrepreneurs. We commit to these social enterprises for five to seven years, helping them through the tough transition of moving from startup to fully scaling businesses.

LEARN HOW

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Transform

Through their businesses, social entrepreneurs empower people in their communities with the hard and soft skills, technology and ongoing support they need to improve their livelihoods and create dignified futures.

SEE HOW


Why Social Enterprises?

We believe that locally-based social enterprises are uniquely qualified to transform low-income, excluded and environmentally-vulnerable communities. These enterprises are on the ground, have the trust of the communities and have created businesses aligned with their best interests.  


Why Investment in Social Enterprises Matter

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"We gather moss from May through July, because we can’t harvest potatoes during those months and we are short on money."


20 YEARS OF IMPACT

 

49,000+

dignified employment & income generation opportunities created

509,000+

lives improved

13,000

people educated on social entrepreneurship

170

social enterprises supported

US$14.2 million

invested


See Our Latest Impact Report & Financials