Investing

our investment objectives

Our investment decisions are guided by a long-term horizon, a global outlook and a commitment to ethical business practices. We have extensive experience in sustainable investing that allows us to make sound investment decisions that maximize returns for our investors, while making a positive impact in the communities in which we invest.

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Capital Preservation

To preserve the capital of our investors through a conservative investment approach.

Attractive yield

To earn attractive risk-adjusted yields by investing in a diversified portfolio of companies and projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Flexible Financing

To offer flexible and creative financing solutions that meet the needs of growing impact businesses and project sponsors.

Social and environmental Impact

To generate meaningful and measurable social and environmental impact with every dollar invested while advancing gender equality by integrating impact considerations at every step of the investment lifecycle.

Technical Assistance and knowledge transfer

To provide technical assistance and knowledge transfer to accelerate the growth of portfolio companies, create new opportunities for sustainable investing, advance gender equality and deepen impact.

We Invest in Companies that: 

Empower women and advance gender equality through gender smart business practices

Support and advance the clean energy transition

Address pressing social and environmental problems

Our Strategy For Sustainable Investing

Gender Lens Investing 

We believe that as impact investors, we are strategically positioned to advance gender equality within portfolio companies and the communities in which they operate. We launched the first Gender Lens Investment Fund dedicated to Latin America & the Caribbean seeking to support enterprises committed to advancing gender business practices: The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund

Our proprietary framework enables us to identify, invest in, and support companies that are committed to gender equality and empowering women by incorporating gender considerations and metrics at every step of the investment process while fostering diversity across our own operations. This ensures that our investments drive measurable improvements in gender business practices and as such, meaningful impacts on women. 

Through the years we’ve gained deep expertise identifying companies that are committed to advancing their business practices internally in their organizations and also in their interactions with their clients, supply chains and communities; assessing opportunities for improvement that are aligned to their growth strategies; and accompanying them in making intentional progress on incorporating gender responsive business practices.

gender lenses in sustainable investing

Our gender lens investing approach is part of all investments we make.

Sustainable Energy

  • ZOffer flexible mezzanine instruments tailored to the needs of small and medium sized renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage projects
  • ZPartner with experienced and emerging developers to improve access to clean and reliable energy sources, advance gender equality and build climate resilience in the region
  • ZSupport the transition to sustainable energy infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean to position the region as a global leader
  • ZPromote the replicability and the ability to scale of the companies we support

Alternative Finance

  • ZProvide tailored financial structures that address the specific needs of local entrepreneurs
  • ZAct as a source of founder-friendly and non-dilutive financing for impact-focused SMEs across the region
  • ZAddressing unmet financing needs of small and medium-sized enterprises to promote sustainable growth
  • ZProactively drive and measure the positive social and/or environmental impact generated though our investments

Our Funds

Deetken Impact has been committed to sustainable investing in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 10 years generating meaningful and measurable financial, environmental and social benefits.

$150 MM AUM

5 Impact investment funds focused in Latin America & the Caribbean

55 investments

17 countries

Countries in our Portfolio

Map of investment countries: Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Columbia, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Haiti

Your Investment Makes a Quantifiable impact

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Your Investment Makes a Quantifiable impact

Our Impact Investing Funds

Current Investment Opportunities

Deetken Impact Alternative Finance (DIAF) Fund IV

  • Vintage: 2022
  • Target AUM: $100 MM
  • Geography: Latin America & the Caribbean 
  • Status: Open
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Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy (DISE) Fund III

  • Vintage: 2022
  • AUM: $150 MM
  • Geography: Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Status: Open

Our Track Record

Alternative Finance

Adobe Social Mezzanine Fund I

  • Mexico’s first triple bottom line impact fund
  • Vintage: 2012
  • AUM: $20 MM
  • Geography: Mexico
  • Status: Closed

Adobe Mezzanine Fund II

  • Latin America’s first revenue-based financing impact fund
  • Vintage: 2017
  • AUM: $30 MM
  • Geography: Latin America
  • Status: Closed
Gender Equality

Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund

  • Latin America’s first gender-lens fund
  • Vintage: 2019
  • AUM: $35 MM
  • Geography: Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Status: Closed

Sustainable Energy

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Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility (H-REFF)

  • Vintage: 2016
  • AUM: $33 MM
  • Geography: Central America
  • Status: Closed
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Caribbean Basin Sustainable Energy Fund (CABEF)

  • Vintage: 2017
  • AUM: $27 MM
  • Geography: Caribbean basin countries
  • Status: Closed

What Our Investors Are Saying

Given its pioneering role within the impact investment ecosystem in Latin America & the Caribbean, Deetken Impact has helped us better understand this emerging landscape by offering a unique opportunity to invest in several Funds as a Limited Partner, while directly co-investing in those companies that best align with our Family Office’s mandate.
Hector Gil, Managing Director, Auria Capital

At Genus, our mission is to help our clients achieve their financial goals and make a positive difference for our planet. We do our research to identify high quality investments that have real, tangible impact on some of the world’s most pressing socioeconomic and environmental challenges. Many of our Impact Investment Counsel clients are accredited investors who are interested in investments that advance gender equality. Our job is to find opportunities that suit their overall financial and impact objectives. Deetken Impact was an excellent fit for these clients, offering impact investment products with stable cash flows, a strong track record of performance, and a clear commitment to empowering women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mary Lou Miles, Head of Wealth Management, Genus Capital Management

As an early member of the Capria Network, we have witnessed Deetken Impact’s evolution over the past ten years and it’s been amazing to see their role in expanding impact investing in the Global South. They have been successful in crafting alternative investment structures specifically designed for impact entrepreneurs looking for non-dilutive, self-liquidating, and flexible investment options.  And they’ve provided much needed support to Latin American companies that incorporate social and environmental objectives as an integral part of their business models.
Will Poole, Managing Partner, Capria Ventures

Having known Deetken Impact for quite a few years and invested in two of their impact funds, we’ve got to know their leadership team well and think they are very good. They not only have a great investing track record but they are thoughtful individuals whose approach achieves a fine balance between financial return and positive impact creation. The technical assistance support and accompaniment they provide to their portfolio companies, including their work on gender smart business practices, is quite unique and ensures the alignment between impact goals and business performance.
Bill Young, President, Bealight Foundation

We’ve known Deetken Impact for a long time, as fellow builders of the Canadian impact investing ecosystem. At Rally Assets, we work with mission-oriented investors looking to create positive social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Deetken Impact’s Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund has been a clear fit for some of our clients, including Rally’s own funds because of its strong intention to improve lives and communities, targeted investing to realize that intention and strong reporting of its impact performance.
Kelly Gauthier, President, Rally Assets

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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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