Providing Capacity-Building and Technical Services (Shujog ACTS) to Nearly 100 Social Enterprises in Asia

This partnership aims to help small enterprises access funding to strengthen poor and vulnerable communities in Asia through impact investment. USAID is contributing $800,000 to the Singapore-based Impact Investment Shujog Pte. Ltd. (Shujog) to scale their Assistance for Capacity Building and Technical Services (ACTS) program to help nearly 25 Asian social enterprises grow their impact in five sectors – agriculture, health, education, energy and water security – over two years.

PACE - Shujog

Together with JPMorgan Chase and The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID is supporting Shujog Assistance for Capacity-building and Technical Services (Shujog ACTS) to provide tailored technical assistance to nearly 100 social enterprises in Asia, unlocking up to $50 million in follow-on investments in five focus sectors: agriculture, health, education, energy, and water. Shujog ACTS (Assistance for Capacity-building and Technical Services) is an innovative technical assistance program that allows social enterprises to work with ecosystem partners to raise much needed growth capital so that they can scale and impact more lives. Shujog ACTS prioritizes helping women-focused businesses to grow and prosper.


Through an innovative blended provision of repayable advances and grants, the partnership will enable Shujog ACTS to offer the liquidity for early-stage social enterprises to procure the business development services they need to become investment ready. After securing impact investment, the enterprises repay the interest-free advance to a revolving door facility, which then turns and supports the next early-stage social enterprise.


Shujog ACTS assists Social Enterprises across Asia to prepare for investment so they expand their operations and impact more lives. Through a partnership model with multinational corporate leaders, Shujog ACTS has helped pave the way for legitimizing small enterprises as potential clients for intermediaries while deepening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Asia. In its first year of implementation, Shujog ACTS has catalyzed $1.5 million in impact investments in social enterprises and impacted over 54,000 beneficiaries.

Partners

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • JPMorgan Chase

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers...

  • Shujog

    Development Consulting
    Singapore | Staff size: 6-25

    Shujog is an advocacy, research and capacity-building non-profit Social Enterprise (SE) seeking to foster growth, maturity and innovations to the SE and Impact Investment sectors of...

  • Rockefeller Foundation

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic...

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Key Information

LocationWorldwide, South Asia, East Asia and Pacific
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 1.69 Million
    Sectors