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Impact Stories

Our strategic investments team partners with our colleagues who focus on grantmaking at the Gates Foundation to craft investment approaches that help accelerate solutions in global health and development, as well as U.S. education. We measure our success the same way our grantmaking partners do: Are we speeding up vaccine delivery? Connecting health or economic empowerment solutions to the people who need them most? Or providing resources that teachers tell us they need?

Featured below are stories that highlight the impact of our initial investments. These stories inspire us to continue striving for success with every investment.

																Scientist preparing genotyping plates in lab

Developing Monoclonal Antibodies for Global Health

Theoretically, monoclonal antibodies hold huge potential for safe and highly effective new global health products. Our investment attempted to turn theory into product within this emerging class of drugs.

																House-to-house polio team in India

Digitizing Payments in a Cash Economy

When a mobile payments platform in Bangladesh achieved product-market-fit, our investment helped it scale in low income, rural areas.

																Farmer checks his crops in Tanzania

Financing Small Agribusinesses in Africa

Working capital is critical for the small and growing agribusinesses/cooperatives that facilitate smallholder farmers’ access to markets. Our strategic investment helped a leading frontier market agriculture lender extend its presence in Africa.

																Mother and daughter in Pakistan

Empowering Women and Strengthening Families

To improve access to family planning, the Gates Foundation strategic investing team sought to increase the availability and affordability of contraceptive implants

																Cholera vaccination team

Tackling Diarrheal Disease

Cholera, a preventable but devastating illness, causes thousands of avoidable deaths each year in the world’s poorest communities. Our strategic investments helped lower the cost of an oral cholera vaccine.

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