Impact Investment and Innovation in Peru with Irene Arellano | Ep 2

Season #2

My conversation with Irene Arellano was just too rich to fit into just one episode, so we’re rolling it into this second episode!

So, a quick reintroduction, today’s conversation is with Irene Arellano, who is the Head of Innovation and Business Development at CARE Peru. 

During this episode, we’re talking about:

  • social innovation
  • selling impactful consultancy services to companies in Peru
  • the details of how CARE Peru is establishing a new impact investment fund
  • how social justice and climate justice link via circular economies

and much more.

In this episode Irene has offered us a step-by-step guide for starting and sustaining a social innovation programme and clear tactics that have led to the establishment of an $70m impact investment fund that drove financial inclusion for more than 40,000 women in entrepreneurship with all-important wrap around services to support their journeys.

Irene and her team have explored how social innovation walks hand in hand with climate change, pushing towards circular economies.

At the heart of this is recognising the evolving expertise of NGOs and exploring new ways of leveraging their unique positions to develop new sorts of partnerships, impactful financial products, and fees/funding that is unrestricted.

I know you'll enjoy listening to this continuing conversation with Irene today.


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