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Impact investing: Creating markets that work for farmers

Manuel worked hard for years to improve his coffee to a level of quality that his father could only dream. Yet when he goes to market, he makes less per pound than his father made decades ago. Today he can barely afford to keep his family fed, let alone to farm for another season. The harder he works, the deeper he sinks into poverty and debt.

At Ground Up Investing, we’re motivated by a simple but powerful conviction: that the people who fill our coffee cups each morning should not have to wonder how they’ll put breakfast on their own family’s table.

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This conviction is also a call to action: What if your gift could transform lives, markets and communities in some of the poorest and remote places in the world? And what if that investment's yield could be reinvested year after year to break the cycle of poverty for more and more families like Manuel’s?

Ground Up Investing LLC, our for-profit impact-investing subsidiary, does just that: It helps grow local markets from the ground up, along with farmers' technical expertise, household income and prospects for the future.

Because some investment returns are more valuable than others.

Help our impact-investing arm develop fair and principled markets, and advance communities from poverty to plenty. Consider a high-impact gift today and let our philanthropic advisors show you how your contribution generates unmatched returns.

Many securities offer financial opportunity.

Invest in values that matter more. Until your love reaches every neighbor.

Help us to ...

  • Develop
  • Provide
  • Remain

Hand in hand with farmers and farmers' cooperatives, we develop agricultural, financial and marketing expertise throughout the local economies of remote, hard-to-reach communities.


We provide access to financial capital through investments in enterprises that are need to support local agribusiness and help rural communities gain access to international markets.


As a for-profit enterprise, Ground Up Investing can remain in a community long enough to ensure agribusinesses and farmers are well-prepared to face future challenges. 

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What is Ground Up Investing?

Ground Up Investing tackles poverty from a different angle, planting seeds that grow into sustainable impact for farmers and their communities. Our work is powered by innovation, collaboration and the radical generosity of our donors.

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Nov 19, 2020
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Jeremy Bauman,Executive Director, Ground Up Investing GroundUpPhilanthropy@lwr.org