CGEP brought together an expert team of business builders that includes private sector professionals with extensive experience in logistics, finance, fast-moving consumer goods, consulting, accounting, and law, as well as international development. This team leads the business development process and works case-by-case with local experts – such as specialist agronomists and aquaculture technicians – who have specific in-country technical knowledge to support the business development phase. Once the business opportunity looks promising, CGEP identifies and transitions the early stage operations to best in class entrepreneurial management teams to take on the longer-term management of the business. Successful management teams will, when proven, migrate to equity ownership.

From the outset, our team works directly with partners (local and multinational companies) who are aligned on our social goals and who can guarantee offtake or supply at prices that benefit poor communities. We build businesses that are market-driven based on a systematic process that reduces risks.

Our team has developed valuable knowledge and learnings over several years of building businesses in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. We have had challenges, but these also helped us to develop a rigorous process for building and replicating tested models, from scratch and quickly. We are constantly learning and applying this to our processes in order to become more efficient and successful.

What is Impact Investing?

By definition, “impact investing” is any investment activity that purposefully generates measurable public benefit, while significantly contributing to poverty alleviation, social growth, and economic development at scale.  Impact investments function like any other investment. However, they have one added component – impact.

We look to engage with corporations, individuals, and other NGOs to leverage significant capital and expertise to address the most pressing challenges in various value chains in developing and emerging markets.

We have found that there is a market-driven demand for many products and services that exist in every country, and especially in countries that have growing agriculture and hospitality industries. These specific value chains are particularly suitable for creating enterprises. These have potential for exponential growth, but are often challenged to secure supply from local communities where there are large numbers of low-income residents and a highly fragmented producer base.