Buen Vivir Fund

We are starting an investment fund from scratch and it’s not business as usual.

The Buen Vivir Fund is the collective response of Thousand Currents and our partners to the need for a truly transformative approach to impact investing. Together, we are designing forms of investment that support grassroots economic initiatives to build wealth, community power, and wellbeing.

The concept of buen vivir comes from Latin American indigenous movements and implies “right living” or life in balance with community, natural systems, and future generations.

The Buen Vivir Fund seeks to promote financial models and practices that support communities’ holistic wellbeing, as opposed to focusing solely on maximizing individuals’ capital accumulation.

Rather than using imposing terms and models designed by investors, the Buen Vivir Fund investment model is built upon identifying lending practices developed by grassroots groups themselves and that are already proving effective on the ground. Together, the Buen Vivir Fund members uplift and apply these practices to the level of a global investment fund.

 

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Buen Vivir Fund Members

Whether grassroots organizations, foundations, family investment offices, or youth investor collectives, all members of the Buen Vivir Fund are selected because they are leaders in practicing forms of investment that support people, communities, and the earth.

  1. Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES)
  2. CIELO (Federación Indígena Empresarial y Comunidades Locales de México)
  3. DESMI (Social and Economic Development for Indigenous Mexicans)
  4. Dietel Partners
  5. EduPaz
  6. GRAVIS
  7. ISMUGUA (Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty)
  8. Libra Foundation, with Pi Investments
  9. Ñepi Behña
  10. NoVo Foundation
  11. Regenerative Finance
  12. Swift Foundation
  13. Tan Giving
  14. Ubunye Foundation
  15. Wallace Global Fund
  16. The Whitman Institute
  17. Whole World Women Association
  18. Women Awareness Center Nepal

 

Buen Vivir Fund Supporting Ally-Advisers:

  1. Brendan Martin, The Working World
  2. Carmen Rojas, The Workers Lab
  3. Cynthia Jaggi, GatherWell and Living Economy Advisers
  4. Fred Berkowitz and Sasha Rabsey
  5. Joel Solomon, Renewal Funds
  6. Jorge Santiago, author and expert on solidarity economy
  7. Movement Generation
  8. RSF Social Finance
  9. Transform Finance
  10. Whitney Mayer, Hershey Company

 

Questions? Contact Joanna Levitt Cea, Director of the Buen Vivir Fund, at joanna (at) thousandcurrents (dot) org.

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