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Revenue-based Financing During COVID

Aunnie Patton Power and Sachi Shenoy argue for a different kind of impact finance strategy.

Two out of three working-age individuals globally earn a living through micro, small, and medium enterprises (“MSMEs”), and yet the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated these entities. MSME recovery is imperative for the creation of jobs and the resiliency of local communities. One critical need is flexible financing to pave the way for recovery and long-term stability. Revenue-based financing (or “RBF”) offers one option for funders to provide this type of flexibility, and its deployment has accelerated in the past year. A growing number of impact investors -- Upaya Social Ventures, Adobe Capital, Viwala, and GetVantage among others -- have piloted…
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Aunnie Patton Power is a university lecturer on Innovative Finance, Impact Investing and Technology for Impact and an advisor on these topics globally. She is the author of Adventure Finance.
Sachi Shenoy is Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer at Upaya Social Ventures. Upaya invests in small businesses to generate jobs for the poor. Sachi has 15+ years of experience in impact evaluation and investment advisory in developing economies. Before Upaya, Sachi worked at Unitus, SKS Microfinance, JP Morgan Chase, and ... Read more
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