Pomona Impact is an angel investment group that targets small to medium sized impact businesses across Mexico, Central America, and Ecuador. These firms contribute significant benefits to people and communities at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
Founded in May 2011, Pomona Impact has made some initial investments and is actively seeking additional opportunities to invest. We value the collaborative nature of impact investing and encourage individuals, organizations and companies to reach out to us and share ideas on how to create meaningful impact in Central America and Ecuador through impact investing.
Our limited experience has been both eye-opening and inspiring; the potential for impact investing in Central America and Ecuador is enormous and we are excited at the opportunity to help lead the way in putting social capital to work!
Most members of Pomona Impact have lived a long time in this region and have worked with or established businesses there, some that have been in operation more than forty years. As a group, we have a large network of contacts across all economic and social sectors. We are familiar and comfortable working with the significant political, security, and economic risks that are present or may arise.
Small businesses in the region have very limited options to get financing. Banks are focused on larger businesses and if they agree to finance a small business, the loan is typically expensive and highly collateralized. There are few angel groups and equity investors investing in small business, particularly those with a strong social mission. Informal lending sources are prevalent and often take advantage of small businesses seeking capital.
Countries within our geographic focus have many poverty-stricken communities. Investing in commercially sustainable companies with sincere intent and exceptional ability to effect longterm positive change is a great way to help these communities.