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Deetken Impact
Alternative Finance

You’ve got Big Goals for your business.
We are here to help you achieve them.

Deetken Impact Alternative Finance (DIAF) is a joint venture between Deetken Impact and Adobe Capital*. Together, we provide tailored financing for impact-focused businesses in Latin America. We offer a flexible alternative to traditional equity or debt instruments by designing financing solutions that are founder-friendly and aim to support long-term, sustainable growth. We focus on profitable growth-stage enterprises with proven creative business models designed to address the most pressing social and environmental priorities of the region.

We support exceptional impact-driven entrepreneurs who create innovative, profitable and scalable business models to address our most pressing social and environmental challenges.

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Our Focus

 

We aspire to create long-lasting positive changes in the lives of thousands of people across Latin America and help solve important social and environmental issues.

Latin America has been one of the hardest-hit regions by the pandemic. Although many social and environmental challenges can be solved through profitable, market-based solutions, the region’s SMEs face significant constraints in terms of access to financing. These constraints have been further exacerbated by the pandemic, making the region’s economic recovery even more elusive.

We are here to help.

Our Strategy

 

We work with impact-driven entrepreneurs to provide tailored debt financing structures from subordinated loans to revenue-based financing that can effectively support their long-term growth strategies.

To this end, we provide flexible financing structures to help catalyze innovative social and environmental solutions. We foster success stories that demonstrate that impact investing is a viable and proftable alternative to transform society in a long-lasting and positive manner.

We believe that for-profit business models can provide  underserved communities with basic services and help solve pressing environmental issues. Companies developing these innovative approaches are frequently more flexible than larger companies. As a result, they can act as agents of change by developing sustainable, market-based solutions, and act as local engines of economic growth.

Fund I

Mexico’s first triple bottom line impact investment fund

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Sectors where we make an impact

Rural & Low-Income Housing

The opportunity to build a decent home

SME Financing

Strengthening businesses through financial inclusion

Student Loans

Financing the dream of future leaders

Low-Income Eye Clinics

Giving back sight to Mexico

Circular Economy

Giving people the opportunity to do more

Alternative Energy

Promoting the use of alternative fuel to the reduce CO2 emissions

Urban Mobility

Sustainable mobility for the city

Fund II

Regional impact investment fund with an innovative royalty-based financing approach

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Investments Completed

Exits

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Sectors where we make an impact

Student Loans

Financing the dream of future leaders

SME Financing

Strengthening businesses through financial inclusion

Renewable Energy

Scaling clean power generation thruogh community collaboration

Circular Economy

Giving people the opportunity to do more

Fund III

Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund

Gender-lens impact fund to empower women and advance gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Investments Completed

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Sectors where we make an impact

Financial Inclusion

Social Entrepreneurship

Renewable Energy

Learn more about the Ilu Women's Empowerment Fund here

Some of our investors

Impact at a Glance

We have developed our own customized impact management framework based on the Impact Management Project that identifies five dimensions of impact performance: what, who, how much, contribution and risk. As part of our due diligence process, we evaluate the impact of potential investments through a scoring methodology, which allows us to understand the companies’ impact in a clear, detailed and objective way. Through this assessment we can examine in detail not only the current impact merits as well as the impact potential of any impact-driven company. Additionally, we use this methodology to measure and report our Portfolio Companies’ impact on an annual basis. 

As part of our monitoring process, we measure the impact of our investments in alignment with the following United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

To date, our investments have made the following impacts

25,212 people accessed education programs

134,013 low-income beneficiaries

57,319 tons of CO2 saved

167,419 people received heath treatments

20,188 female beneficiaries

79,236 microentrepreneurs or SME's supported

13,658 individuals received student loans

Spotlight On Our Impact

IPETH

IPETH is a post-secondary educational institution operating in Mexico and Guatemala focused on providing affordable degrees in Physical Therapy for low and middle-income students. Additionally, it reduces the deficit of well-trained physiotherapists and offers on-campus, subsidized rehabilitation services for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment. 

Impact

IPETH has increased access to higher education in a highly demanded and well-paid field, offering lower middle-income students the opportunity to develop professional skills while at the same time, providing services to low-income patients. Gender impacts are also significant, in terms of the diversity of their team and management as well as the high percentage of students who are women.

The company has generated the following impact in the past three years:

  • 14,587 students enrolled
  • 59.5% of those students are female students
  • 58% of those students are low-income students
  • 18,281 patients have completed treatment
  • 17,052 low-income patients have been treated 

Provive

Provive provides low-income homebuyers with affordable homes, while renovating crime-ridden and deteriorated communities. They have devised an innovative urban regeneration program that promotes community participation and increases each residents’ overall standard of living.

They purchase and refurbish previously abandoned homes and work with the local community through its Tu+Yo Foundation to catalyze comprehensive community development solutions.

Impact

ProVive has given access to thousands of Mexican families to a decent, affordable home in a healthy community and a desirable urban location no more than 20 km away from formal job opportunities and ready access to public transportation.

They have created the following impact:

  • 8,300 homes refurbished
  • 36,500 individuals housed
  • 5 community centers built
  • More than 100,000 volunteers
  • More than 470,000 volunteering hours

    Provive

    Provive provides low-income homebuyers with affordable homes, while renovating crime-ridden and deteriorated communities. They have devised an innovative urban regeneration program that promotes community participation and increases each residents’ overall standard of living.

    They purchase and refurbish previously abandoned homes and work with the local community through its Tu+Yo Foundation to catalyze comprehensive community development solutions.

    Habvita

    Habvita is a social enterprise that builds, finances and sells affordable rural homes in Mexico. Based on a community organization model, the company can build several homes simultaneously, lowering material costs and generating economies of scale. Habvita also helps customers secure government subsidies and obtain mortgages, allowing them to pay off their homes within a reasonable amount of time.

    Impact

    The company has a strong social mandate to improve the quality of lives of under-served communities through affordable, dignified and environmentally friendly housing while also improving access to credit to rural populations. They plan to increase their impact by adapting their product and services to the needs of women clients. 

    They have generated the following impacts in the past three years:

    • 1,136 houses built
    • 321 houses refurbished
    • 5,800 individuals benefited by houses built or refurbished

    SalaUno

    SalaUno offers affordable high-quality comprehensive eye care services for low and middle-income patients in Mexico. They focus on underserved geographies where there are no alternatives. The demographic mix of patients that the company serves includes a fairly significant proportion of low-income patients that receive free or subsidized treatments.

    Impact

    They achieve impact through preventing and reversing blindness, as well as removing the geographic, informational and financial barriers to eye care treatment in Mexico. There is a strong and growing need for SalaUno’s services due to the aging population and high incidence of diabetes, as well as the low rate of cataract operations in the country.  

    The company has achieved the following impact in the past three years:

    • 19,747 cataract surgeries performed
    • 79,636 treatments performed
    • 5,299 legally blind people operated
    • 2,160 subsidized or free surgeries performed

      SalaUno

      SalaUno offers affordable high-quality comprehensive eye care services for low and middle-income patients in Mexico. They focus on underserved geographies where there are no alternatives. The demographic mix of patients that the company serves includes a fairly significant proportion of low-income patients that receive free or subsidized treatments.

      Do you have A thriving business that will benefit from our financing? 

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      Suite 500 – 210 West Broadway 
      Vancouver, BC V5Y 3W2

      impact@deetken.com

      +1 (604) 731-4424 ext.110

      *Deetken Impact, a Canadian Investment Fund Manager registered with Canadian Securities Commissions, holds a 49.9% equity stake in Adobe Capital, a Mexican investment fund manager. Fund I and Fund II are managed by Adobe Capital. The Ilu Fund is managed by Deetken Impact.

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      Magali Lamyin, Director of Communications and Development for Deetken Impact

      MAGALI LAMYIN

      Director of Communications and Development

       

      Magali brings extensive market intelligence, business development and marketing experience from her work at the Central Bank of Mexico, the Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence, and the IESE-PWC e-Business Centre in Barcelona. She also co-led national marketing campaigns for businesses in the hospitality and early childhood education sectors for almost a decade before joining Deetken. In her current role, she is responsible for leading Deetken Impact’s communications, marketing and branding strategy. She is also involved in the due diligence process for project selection with an emphasis in Mexico.

      Magali holds a BA in Economics from Mexico's ITAM and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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      Jose Lamyin, Managing Partner Deetken Impact

      JOSE LAMYIN

      Managing Partner

       

      José has extensive experience as a business advisor for clients throughout Canada, Europe and Latin America in mining, telecommunications, and finance. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, José worked for Teck Cominco in Peru and Canada and Deutsche Bank in London (UK). José has spearheaded much of the strategic growth of Deetken Asset Management since inception and is currently focused on investment selection.

      José received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and MBA from IESE School of Business (Barcelona). Born in Peru, José is fluent in English and Spanish.

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      Alexa Blain, Managing Partner Deetken Impact

      ALEXA BLAIN

      Managing Partner

       

      Alexa is responsible for finance, operations and investor relations at Deetken Impact. She brings over 10 years of experience in financial consulting and asset management, with specific expertise in company and investment analysis, business valuation and securities/corporate finance. Prior to joining Deetken, she spent three years with African Alliance, a pan-African financial services group, where she focused on expanding the firm’s retail financial services operations as well as on the origination and negotiation of new capital. In addition, Alexa has six years of asset management experience with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Macquarie Group and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

      Alexa is a CFA Charterholder. She has also completed an MA in Financial Economics and an Honours BA in Economics, both at the University of Toronto.

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      Fernando Alvarado, Head of Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy

      FERNANDO ALVARADO

      CEO

      Honduras Renewable Energy Managers (HREM) and Caribbean Renewable Energy Managers (CAREM)

       

      Fernando Alvarado leads the General Partner and Investment Advisor of two clean energy and energy efficiency project finance and venture capital funds: Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility (H-REFF) and Caribbean Basin Sustainable Energy Fund (CABEF), which he structured and runs with a combined target capitalization of $100m.

      Development Investment Banker with 28 years of international credit and investment experience and 18 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean. He has participated in more than 50 syndicated credit and investment transactions for renewable energy projects in excess of $250 MM. He led the creation, structuring, fundraising, legal closing and portfolio construction of several specialized renewable energy funds.

      Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica.

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      Carl Black, Portfolio Manager Deetken Impact

      CARL BLACK

      Portfolio Manager

       

      Carl is a Portfolio Manager with Deetken Impact focused on analyzing and working with MSMEs, social enterprises, and renewable energy developers in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main responsibilities include supporting business development, managing technical assistance projects, leading investment due diligence, and monitoring portfolio performance. Prior to joining Deetken Impact, Carl worked for five years as a consultant, advising public sector clients an non profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. He started his career at the Bank of Canada, where he researched issues related to household and business credit. 

      Carl completed an Honours BA in Economics at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an MSc in Economics & Development from the University of Oxford, where he earned distinctions in quantitative and development economics.

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      Cristobal Aguirre, Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact

      CRISTOBAL AGUIRRE

      Investment Analyst

       

      Cristobal has over 6 years of experience in the asset management industry, where his responsibilities have ranged from asset allocation and portfolio management to risk analysis and software development. Before relocating to Canada, Cristobal worked as a senior investment analyst in AFP Habitat—Chile’s largest pension fund—where he led the tactical asset allocation and macroeconomic research for emerging markets.

      Cristobal is a CFA Charterholder, and completed a BA in Economics at Universidad de Chile.

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      Chad Parsons, Senior Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact

      CHAD PARSONS

      SeniorInvestmentAnalyst

       

      Chad has worked as a consultant in business and technology for 20 years – often helping clients with their business transformation initiatives.    He has worked with start-ups, government, and established businesses to further their product and service offerings with a balanced approach.   After pursuing a research degree on leveraging technology for social and economic development; Chad has found a valuable alignment of his background with Deetken’s innovative impact investments. 

      Chad completed a BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has a MSc with distinction from the University of Manchester (UK).

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