Harold Rosen


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Name: Harold Rosen
Organization: Grassroots Business Fund (GBF)
Website: http://www.gbfund.org/
Title: Executive Director

Challenge Entries

The Grassroots Business Fund’s SME Export Facility (SEF) addresses the critical resource constraints faced by social enterprises that support artisans and farmers. SEF encourages economic growth of socially-oriented, export-based businesses by providing loan products to increase sustainability, expand their operations, and increase the standard of living for supported beneficiaries.

The East African Rural Enterprise Facility (EAREF) provides asset financing to agricultural SMEs that have been underserved by existing financial service providers. These rural SMEs are not large enough or do not have sufficient collateral to access asset financing from traditional banks, and are prevented from obtaining equipment to increase productivity, expand operations, or generate revenue.

GBF’s mission is to build and support High Impact Businesses that provide sustainable economic opportunities to large numbers of people at the base of the socio-economic pyramid. GBF pursues this mission through a blended investment approach of for profit patient capital coupled with grant funded capacity building.

An investment facility enabling institutional social investors to support high-impact West African businesses in cashew, shea and other industries by providing a structure and on-the-ground presence to identify, vet and administer investments.

GBF is proposing a special purpose investment vehicle (Archangel Fund) that will assist in the formation of angel clubs in developing economies and co-invest with the angels in a mission-driven SME Fund. The SME fund will manage investments in SMEs.