Posted By Graymatterscap On Fri, Apr 6, 2018

VILLAGE CAPITAL finds, trains and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems in agriculture, education, energy, financial services, healthcare among others. It builds communities around entrepreneurs and their ventures to improve opportunities for growth and success.

Investment Rationale

Given its conjunction of core geographies with education being one of the focal areas, Gray Matters Capital invested in Village Capital with an objective to scale its social impact. Based on the concept of the “village bank” in microfinance, Village Capital builds cohorts of entrepreneurs for education programs with partners worldwide. At the end of each program, entrepreneurs assess one another, and the top-ranked receive capital from partner investors. This peer-selected model delivers better results for entrepreneurs and to investors like Gray Matters Capital.

About Graymatterscap

Gray Matters Capital (GMC) is an Atlanta based impact investor with a gender lens that is on a mission to “Find a more purposeful life for 100 million women by 2036." Aligning with its mission is its strategy of making sector agnostic investments globally in for-profit enterprises whose products and services benefit women and girls at scale.

GMC sees education, primarily catering to under-resourced and low and middle income sections of the society, as a powerful tool to bring about gender equality and social equity. Over the past 12 years, it has focused on supporting the education ecosystem India by funding for-profit enterprises in the ‘learning to earning’ space, besides being pioneers in establishing the school finance industry catering to low cost private schools in India with Indian School Finance Company (ISFC); Pakistan with the set-up of Taleem Finance Company Ltd (TFCL), in addition to Nigeria (with EdFin Microfinance Bank).

GMC has till date funded over 80 enterprises across the world to the tune of US$ 125 million.

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