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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Meet Eva Yazhari: Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018

Congratulations to Eva Yazhari, the Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018. Every month, Your Mark on the World readers choose a guest from the show to recognize.

Eva is an impact investor who manages a nonprofit fund, Beyond Capital, that invests in social enterprises in the developing world. Operating as a nonprofit allows the fund to attract professional resources on a pro-bono basis, making investments of about $75,000 each economically viable for both the investors and the entrepreneurs.

You can see my full interview with Eva here:

Yazhari says the fund is now in the process of raising a $2 million round of grant funding, she hopes to close in October, noting that $800,000 is already committed. That should allow the fund to make another 18 investments.

So far, the first fund has a paper return of 30% IRR, based on the valuations of the companies that have gone on to raise additional funding. The goal, she says, is to be able to reinvest the profits from the fund in more companies, ultimately allowing the nonprofit to become “financially sustainable” by 2024.

Eva Yazhari, Beyond Capital

Yazhari’s heart is in this work. She says she has been inspired by her grandfather who started a hospital in Tanzania in the late 1950s. She’s found a way to honor his legacy by leveraging her Wall Street experience to build a nonprofit that is now reaching more than 2.3 million people.

As the winner, Eva will receive an autographed copy of my book, Your Mark on the World and 10 all-access passes to

One Response to Meet Eva Yazhari: Your Mark on the World Changemaker of the Month for July 2018

  • Some investors think impact strategies in the range of $75,000 are too expensive to manage for profitable returns. Eva’s fund is a great example of how this important start-up funding can work for everyone, especially the local entrepreneurs who get to put their dream to the test of good business model development. I don’t know any investors who would not want 30% IRR and helping 2.3 million people improve their lives economically to be part of their portfolio. Congratulations and continue to source these opportunities, Eva!

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