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Impact Begins Inside the Company

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Kathleen Berroth is an Acumen Global Fellow and has been working in Sogakope, Ghana with GADCO for the past seven months. GADCO is an integrated agri-food company in sub-Saharan Africa focused on crop production, processing and supply of cereal and protein based foods. Below she discusses...

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Courage and Conviction: Eric's Story

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 8:49 AM

One morning, I rose for an early appointment to visit Eric, a smallholder farmer harvesting his first crop of Jasmine through our pilot program. It was a special day for Copa Connect, marking the pilot program's very first purchase of paddy rice from a smallholder producer.

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Choosing Social Impact During Business School

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 12:30 PM

As part of a recent interview, I was asked what advice I would give to business school students who are looking to make a move into impact investing or the social impact world more generally. Having made that move relatively recently, it's advice that I hoped I could give.


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