About us

We leverage our deep operational expertise to identify overlooked opportunities, building successful, scalable businesses that transform lives. Since our Fund’s inception in 2011, we have improved the lives of millions of individuals and achieved above market-rate returns for investors.

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With over 20 years’ operational experience at ground level, transforming, managing, and growing businesses across growth markets, we founded Vital Capital in 2011 to increase our reach and impact. By using our practical expertise and local business insight we could identify and invest in overlooked opportunities. It enabled us to become one of the first ‘impact investor’ funds focused on sub-Saharan Africa and the first impact investors to become part of the World Economic Forum.

 

 

 

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By operating at the intersection of need, opportunity and experience, we pursued social, environmental and financial goals by investing in agriculture, water, healthcare, renewable energy, and urban development. We weighed financial and impact considerations equally when evaluating potential investments, and only pursued opportunities with sufficient potential for both. We developed foundational tools to analyse and evaluate impact which proved to be an insightful way to guide our investing agenda.

In 2020, the Global Impact Investment Network’s 10th annual report looked back on the impact investing industry’s “Notable Commitments Over the Past Decade”. Their timeline begins with the launch of our USD 350 million fund. It recognized that our targeted investments have delivered essential development impact to millions of individuals and helped kick-off a decade that has seen so many important developments.

 

 

 

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Our approach delivered high-performing returns for investors and provided over 5.4 million individuals with solutions to critical challenges. These included improved access to clean water, affordable healthcare and nutritious food, as well as the creation of sustainable infrastructure and increased potential for local economic prosperity.

$83 m

in direct payments to smallholder farmers

952,000 tonnes

CO2e mitigated through renewable energy solutions

$718 m

value of invested local purchases

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With decades of operational experience in managing and growing businesses throughout growth markets, we had a unique advantage. We understood how to organise and manage at ground level, with local communities, business leaders and key decision-makers. Encouraging collaboration builds stronger coalitions. It taps into a more diverse resource of ideas, expertise, and experience, resulting in more relevant, sustainable solutions. We were genuinely active, with the insight and confidence to step in when needed or stand back and let the businesses fly when everything required for success had been achieved.

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We are proud of the impact we have achieved in local communities and the recognition that has followed from industry observers and peers.

In 2014, Forbes named us one of ‘5 companies making a splash for a better world’. We’ve been selected annually for the ‘Impact Assets 50’ since 2014, while in 2016 B Lab announced as the #2 Emerging Market ‘Best for the World Fund’. We’ve also received ‘Platinum GIIRS Ratings’ and ‘4 Stars Operational Ratings’, reflecting our ESG excellence. In 2017 we were included in the London Stock Exchange Group’s list of Africa’s most dynamic high-growth private companies in their report, ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ and in the same year, won the EMPEA Institute’s Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge for our management of the Luanda Medical Centre. Our Relief Facility was recognised in 2021 as one of the ’30 Big Ideas Shaping ESG’ by Private Equity International, who called it ‘a trailblazing fund the seeks to bridge the gap between local need and multilateral/government focus in a time of crisis’.

 

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With each success we set the bar higher for ourselves, continually raising standards, increasing investor return and widening our impact. Our operational expertise continues to reveal unique opportunities with the potential to transform lives and deliver impact at increasingly greater scale across growth markets.

 

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