Nathalie Figueroa

Oakland, California

Investing in social enterprises that generate dignified jobs for people in need.

The problem

Businesses that engage low income communities require long-term funding; however, funding for these business is lacking around the world. Loans are often expensive and lack flexibility, focus on short-term cash flow and come in the form of equity investments, which many entrepreneurs are reluctant to engage with.

Our Approach

NESsT provides dignified employment that lifts people out of poverty in emerging market countries. By raising philanthropic capital to invest in and develop social enterprises, NESsT creates employment opportunities for the poorest communities. To date, they have helped to create more than 49,500 dignified employment and sustainable income opportunities.

My Personal Hero

Frida Kahlo