Our Economic Impact

We are dedicated to tracking the significant developmental impacts that result from our partnerships with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets. Through our investment experience, we have learned that fostering profitable, competitive local enterprises is a fundamental step in achieving sustainable economic impact. Our partnerships with these promising SMEs generate measurable results across a variety of local stakeholders, increasing employment and wages for workers, creating new business opportunities for local suppliers, and improving the quality and availability of products and services for the local community, to name a few impacts. Through case studies and data collection, we calculate unique metrics on our impact investments across our emerging markets portfolio.

To learn more about our methodology, visit How We Measure Impact.


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For more on our stakeholder metrics, visit Who We Reach.

Our in-depth analysis shows that for every $1 invested in an SME, an additional $13 in benefits returns to the community through a variety of stakeholders—from employees, suppliers, customers and competitors, to the local government, community, and financiers. As these businesses modernize and grow stronger, so to do the families and communities around them. With the stable jobs, growing incomes, and valuable job training provided by growing SMEs, families can better plan for their futures – investing in improved housing, preventative health care, and education for their children that can end the cycle of poverty and build the sustainable foundation for a more prosperous society.

To read more, download our series of Development Impact Reports, including our most recent report, Impact Beyond Investment: SEAF’s 2011 Development Impact Report.

Note: The dollars generated per dollar invested is based on the average of our cumulative set of 20 in-depth case studies from our various development impact reports (published in 2004, 2007 and 2011). All other figures above are from our most recent portfolio-wide data survey, based on data from year of investment to year 2009 (or in case of exited companies, to year of exit).

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