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 those with the money imposing terms, the Buen Vivir Fund investment model identifies lending practices developed by grassroots groups themselves 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.

Learn five ways the Buen Vivir Fund is unique in our infographic here.

Investment Project Profiles

The Buen Vivir Fund launched its first round of investment in early 2018 to support nine remarkable projects led by organizations across Latin America, North America, Southern Africa, and South Asia. The total investment includes $427,700 in loan capital, $113,000 in grant capital, and investments beyond numbers among Fund members and ally-advisers via advising, learning-exchange, and sharing of tools and practices.

The work of the nine projects spans a variety of sectors, including healthcare, housing, small business development for artisans and farmers, environmental and climate protection, and shifting practice in impact investment.

All of the projects are powered by the membership or close collaboration with the local community. Many of the organizations focus on preserving or restoring Indigenous sovereignty. Over half of the organizations work on addressing climate change or environmental protection. Additionally, more than half of the organizations focus on women’s rights and leadership.

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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. An anonymous donor represented by Dietel & Partners
  5. EduPaz
  7. ISMUGUA (Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty)
  8. Libra Foundation, with Candide Group
  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.

Grassroots Brilliance

Stories of our partners' impact

Alternative Economies | Global | What We Do

Can we remove the fear from our economy?

The inspiration behind the Buen Vivir Fund is to re-imagine our economy and our investment practices.

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Alternative Economies | Global | What We Do

Can we remove the fear from our economy?

The inspiration behind the Buen Vivir Fund is to re-imagine our economy and our investment practices.

Global | What We Do

2,934 hours

An investment fund for future generations requires something different from all of us.

Alternative Economies | Latin America

A Masterclass on “Buen Vivir”

Insights from the Mayan Tzeltal cosmovision shared by María Estela Barco Huerta of DESMI.

What We Do

What it means to “trust the process”

Reflections on stepping back, letting go of control, and relaxing into the unknown.

Africa | Alternative Economies

Community-built opportunity

From Nepal to Mexico, grassroots innovation holds promise for the whole world.

Alternative Economies | Latin America

A new bottom line

Putting people over profits means a new bottom line.