Valiu is our first investment under FinX and an amazing example of how emerging fintech solutions that leverage crypto DNA can bring about positive impact for vulnerable populations–in this case, for Venezeulan migrants, refugees and those who remain in the country watching their savings slip away through rampant inflation and currency volatility.

Valiu customers can easily and quickly send remittances.
Valiu customers can easily and quickly send remittances.
Valiu customers can send remittances easily, quickly and without fear of the money being lost

From our initial investment in Valiu’s pre-seed round in September 2019 we admired the team’s vision for how its tech stack would evolve in the face of new competitors and emerging cryptocurrencies & exchanges. Since then they have confirmed our perspective that they will be agile enough to…


Meridia is an end-to-end solution for land and property documentation for individuals and communities in frontier markets, where accurate maps and effective land administration systems do not often exist. Learn more ▸

Grit — anyone looking to innovate in the land formalization space needs this trait in spades. We know this well from Mercy Corps’ extensive land and conflict programming in Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa, not to mention our 2017 investment in Suyo. Our decision to invest in Meridiaultimately came down to the grit of co-founders Simon Ulvund and Thomas Vaassen.

For us, the issue of land rights…


Meridia is an end-to-end solution for land and property documentation for individuals and communities in frontier markets, where accurate maps and effective land administration systems do not often exist. Learn more ▸

Grit — anyone looking to innovate in the land formalization space needs this trait in spades. We know this well from Mercy Corps’ extensive land and conflict programming in Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa, not to mention our 2017 investment in Suyo. Our decision to invest in Meridia ultimately came down to the grit of co-founders Simon Ulvund and Thomas Vaassen.

For us, the issue of land…


Rachel Bass (GIIN), Joan Trent (TriLinc Global) and Timothy Rann (Mercy Corps Ventures) at Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto 2019

I had the privilege to join Rachel Bass (GIIN) and Joan Trent (TriLinc Global) at the Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto (FLII) to chat about Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Strategies for Impact Investors.

The SDGs have been a prominent topic at FLII over the past few years, with asset managers, DFIs and other ecosystem actors openly grappling with how impact capital can play a role. There is broad consensus amongst funders that impact capital should rally around the SDGs; however, actually doing so in a meaningful way and with actual metrics is not simple. …


Today, we’re excited to announce the Social Venture Fund’s sixth agriculture investment (and 13th overall): Harvesting.

Harvesting is enabling financial inclusion for farmers by providing actionable insights to financial institutions via its software-as-a service (SaaS) solution. Harvesting processes massive amount of global data sets, such as weather, satellite, agronomic data, and applies machine learning algorithms to help reduce risks for crop insurance and lending companies. In doing so, it hopes to unlock more appropriate financial products and other services for hundreds of millions of smallholders.

The world’s 500 million smallholder farmers grow 70% of our food, yet most live on…


Este artículo fue escrito por Simón Chamorro (VP de Ventas, LiftIt) y Tim Rann (Socio, Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund)

Un poco de product market fit y otro poco de agallas.

Una vez, alguien me dijo:

“Si vas a crear o colaborar en una empresa, más vale que resuelva un problema extremadamente difícil porque vas a pasar muchas noches y días de tu vida trabajando para solucionar ese reto”

Es por esa razón que decidí unirme a Liftit, para afrontar el problema que a muchos los pone a sudar; la logística.

Hablemos de logística:

Aunque muchas de las realidades de las cuales vamos…


For those of you short on time, here are the quick stats on this investment:
Name: LiftIt
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Year Founded: 2016
SVF Impact Areas: Last-Mile Distribution
SVF Investment: Seed Round Undisclosed
More on LiftIt: Medium | Facebook | Twitter | Website

For those of you who love the story behind the investment….

LiftIt. Our fund’s first pure logistics investment. Anyone who’s lived or worked in a developing country can appreciate the chaos and increased cost caused by non-functioning or nonexistent supply chains connecting urban cities and rural communities. You may have even had to buy your own…

Timothy Rann

Partner at Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund

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