Impact investing leverages private capital to address the world’s development challenges.

DFC is the largest impact investor in the U.S. Government and most of the projects DFC supports are in high-impact sectors such as agriculture, education, access to finance, housing for the poor, small and medium enterprise finance, healthcare, renewable energy, water, and sanitation.

Our Work

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Supporting low-income entrepreneurs
Financing helped Kiva Microfunds provide almost 100,000 microloans to developing country borrowers, most of them women.
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Preventing blindness in Cameroon
A development impact loan is helping a hospital provide affordable cataract surgery to thousands of patients.
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Expanding home ownership
Financing to Habitat for Humanity’s Microbuild fund has supported lending for home purchases and home improvement in more than 50 countries.

Innovative Investment Tools to Achieve a Greater Impact

While all of the projects DFC supports seek to have a positive impact, many utilize tools or deal structures that were specially designed to generate a positive social or environmental impact.

Blended Finance

The combination of development finance and philanthropic funds to reduce risk and increase capital mobilized to emerging markets.

Development Impact Bond

A results-based contract in which investors provide financing upfront and returns are based on outcomes achieved.

Portfolio for Impact and Innovation (PI2)

DFC’s Portfolio for Impact and Innovation (PI2) initiative aims to bridge the financing gap for early-stage social enterprises with innovative solutions to challenges facing the developing world. Learn more about Portfolio for Impact and Innovation (PI2).

Venture Capital Initiative

A DFC program to invest in venture funds supporting developing economies.

Impact Investing


Other Priorities

2X Women’s Initiative
Connect Africa